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Scalar: An Introduction: Home

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

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Scholarly Communications and Publishing Team at the University of Illinois for creating this LibGuide. Content is adapted from Scalar: An Introduction.

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 Butler University and have further questions, please contact Jennifer Coronado, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at or the Scholarly Communication Team 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 Digital Scholarship Team at Butler University is interested in open access digital publications. If you're a scholar at Butler University or elsewhere who is interested in developing a formal publication with The Digital Scholarship Team, fill out our consultation form online.


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937

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