How does publishing work on Scholastica?Last Updated: Aug 27, 2018 01:54PM CDT

What types of content can my journal publish on Scholastica?

  1. Issues: collection of articles
  2. Articles: an article published outside of an issue as a standalone
  3. Blog posts: news or information published to your journal's timeline on Scholastica

How do I publish an issue?


The first step in publishing an issue with Scholastica is to create an issue! Just click the blue "New" button and select "Issue" from the dropdown


 

You will then fill out high-level information about your issue. This includes:

  1. Volume (required)
  2. Issue Number (required)
  3. Lede (required)
  4. Year (required)
  5. Description of the issue (recommended)
  6. Issue Image (required)
  7. ‚ÄčTitle (recommended)

Why do descriptions, issue images, and titles matter?

If your readers are studiously poring through your issues in chronological order, then volume and issue numbers may be all that's required to find what they're interested in reading. Your readers will, however, likely have an easier time discovering the content that's of interest to them if there are meaningful descriptions to skim paired with attractive, on-topic images.

We recommend (based on research we've read) that you select a color image that is both attractive and relevant. Research on the topic has turned up compelling evidence like, "Eye-tracking studies show internet readers pay close attention to information-carrying images. In fact, when the images are relevant, readers spend more time looking at the images than they do reading text on the page" and researchers found that colored visuals increase people's willingness to read a piece of content by 80%. 

If you'd like to search through a database of open-access, attribution-free images to select one for your issue or article, just go the 'create issue' or 'edit issue' page and click "choose image from library" then enter a few search terms in the search box.
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You can learn more about best practices for publishing a modern journal online here.

Adding articles to your issue

Once you've filled in the issue details, the next step is to add articles to the issue. You have two ways to add and publish articles on your journal. You can either : Import articles that have been through the peer review system in Scholastica and then been accepted or add and publish an article from outside the system.

To add an article that you have already created in Scholastica just click "Add an article you've already created" on the Manage Issue page. To create a new article for an issue, you can click the blue "Create a new article" button on the or the blue "New" button and choose "Article" from the dropdown.

If you have manuscripts that were accepted and peer-reviewed within Scholastica, you can import the article details for publication on the New Article page. Just click "Import it here". 

Once you've added and created all of your issue's articles, you can edit the order of the articles if need be by dragging the articles into the order you'd like. 

The final step is clicking the "publish this issue" button. Once published, your issue will be found on your journal's public profile page on Scholastica.

How do I publish an article outside of an issue?

With Scholastica, your journal can always publish articles as soon as they're ready. Wondering why you should publish articles outside of an issue? Read why here

To publish an article outside of an issue, click on the "Publishing" tab, click the blue "New" button, and select article. Once you've filled out the form, click "Publish Article" to immediately publish the article as a standalone piece. Any articles not already in another issue can later be compiled into an issue and published that way as well.

How do I publish a blog post?

These are for any type of free-form post - like a call for papers or other journal news.

To publish a new blog post, all you have to do is go to the "Publishing' tab, click the blue "New" button and select "Blog post" from the dropdown.

Next, write the content of your post and click the "Publish post" button to publish the post to your website on Scholastica.

Readership on Scholastica

To learn more about Publishing Analytics on Scholastica that help you track readership, downloads, unique visitors to your site, and more check out our Publishing Analytics guide here.

To learn more about being an editor in general, check out our Editor Guide.

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