How to setup a custom domain for your journal

By default, if you're using Scholastica OA Publishing for your journal website, the URL / domain that readers will use to access your pages will be something like "".

If you instead want to use a custom domain, like "", you can follow the steps below to direct readers to your Scholastica site through a custom domain! Please note: Custom domains are only available for journals that use Scholastica OA Publishing. 

Domains normally cost ~$20 / year and may be purchased through a registrar such as GoDaddy, NameCheap, etc. Scholastica does not sell domains.

Connecting your custom domain is generally something you'll only need to do once. If you are moving your domain from a different hosting site to Scholastica, this process may look different for you. In that case, please contact your current host to get assistance. 

Note: After completing this process, it may take up to 48 hours for your changes to go live. That said, it often takes only a few hours.

Basic terms to know: 

A Record : An A record connects your domain or subdomain name to an IP address and lets web browsers find your website.

CNAME : A CNAME (Canonical Name) points one domain or subdomain to another domain name, allowing you to update one A Record each time you make a change, regardless of how many Host Records need to resolve to that IP address.

For more information about DNS record terminology, this help doc provided by bluehost provides additional definitions : DNS Records Explained

Note : Your domain registrar site may have something similar in their Knowledge Base

Step 1: Setting your DNS records

Login to your Domain registrar or DNS provider and create two DNS records for your domain. Below are two common examples of how a DNS record should look. 

Please note : The IP address shown below is the IP address that you should enter in your records.

DNS Type Name Content
A Record

www @

DNS Type     Name Content
A Record


Step 2: Domain preference

Root vs Sub-domain

You'll need to decide if you'd like your journal to be hosted at the root/bare/naked domain or a sub-domain:

  • Root/Naked/Bare - A domain provides a unique location for your website. For example, your journal's domain could be "".
  • Subdomain - A subdomain also provides a unique location for your website but does so by piggybacking on a root domain. For example, your journal's custom subdomain might look like "" (where technically "www" is the subdomain of "").

Scholastica supports both options. It's a matter of preference.

Step 3: Contact Scholastica

Contact Scholastica and be sure to let us know which type of domain you prefer (root domain vs subdomain). Only after we've completed the setup on our end will your journal's website be accessible with your custom domain. 

Having Trouble? 

Here are some step by step guides from a few common domain registrars : 

If you need additional assistance, we're happy to help! If you're comfortable sharing the login credentials for your domain registrar site, we can login and make the updates for you. Please email us at with the details and we can work with you to complete the set up.