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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


What Version Should I Use?

Scalar offers both public installation and free installation on a local server. 

The reader interface affects the look and feel of your Scalar book as well as the functionality. The old reader interface can still be used, but it is not recommended.


Scalar Books


Publish with Us

The Illinois Open Publishing Network is interested in open access digital publications. If you're a scholar at the University of Illinois or elsewhere who is interested in developing a formal publication with the Illinois Open Publishing Network, fill out our consultation form online.

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