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Scalar: An Introduction: Home

This is a short introductory guide to using the Scalar publishing platform.

About Scalar

Scalar is a open source, web-based publishing software from the University of Southern California's Alliance for Networking Visual Culture that allows you to create networked, multi-media online publications.

Scalar's unique structure is based on a non-linear format that allows for flexible interactivity in the author's construction of each page. This research guide will show you how to begin building a Scalar "book' and how to best use its features to create an online platform for your project research.

If you are an affiliate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and have further questions, please contact Dan Tracy, Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, at or the Scholarly Communication and Publishing staff at



Please, Ask Us for Help!

If you are a student, faculty member/instructor, or staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and have questions about using Scalar or other digital publishing resources, you can contact the University of Illinois Library's Scholarly Communication and Publishing for help.


Contact us at or for more information, visit the Scholarly Communication and Publishing website.