Frequently Asked Questions

About Scholastica

Is Scholastica a publisher?
No, Scholastica is not a publisher. Scholastica is a web-based software platform with easy-to-use tools and services for every aspect of publishing academic journals— from peer review, to website design and article hosting, to typesetting. You can read more about our Open Access Publishing softwarehere.
Does Scholastica own the copyright of the journals or articles published via its platform?
No, all journals that publish on Scholastica keep their copyright ownership and/or decide what copyright policy they will follow (e.g. CC BY 4.0.) Scholastica is not a publisher.

General questions about software and services

Are your software and services bundled?
Scholastica's software is designed to work best when used together, but our products can be used independently of one another - so you can use Peer Review only, or host your journal's content and website with Open Access Publishing but not use Peer Review. The exception is Scholastica's Typesetting service: to use Scholastica's Typesetting service, a journal must use both Scholastica's Peer Review and Open Access Publishing software.
Does Scholastica produce impact factors and rank citations?
No, Scholastica does not produce any impact factors or rank citations. We are not a publisher or bibliometric service provider.
Does Scholastica offer copyediting services?
Not at this time. If your journal is looking for copyediting services, we can recommend a few providers - just contact us.
What is Scholastica's typesetting workflow?
At a high level: to typeset an article, journals give Scholastica a DOCX or LaTex file plus any attachments (figures, tables, etc.). Within a week, we make a proof of the article in HTML + PDF. We share the proof with the corresponding author and make the changes they request, and then let the journal editor know when the corresponding author has given the final thumbs-up so the journal can publish the article whenever they are ready. The final published article will be available in HTML, PDF, and XML (JATS compliant).
How much do Scholastica software and services cost?
Scholastica's pricing is always available on our pricing page.

Getting Started

Are there any setup costs to use Scholastica software and services?
There are no setup costs! Certain products require up-front payment, but there are no separate setup fees.
What are the steps to start using Scholastica's software/services?
The first step is to do an online demo of the software with a Scholastica team member to click through the software and answer any questions. From there, you'll create a journal account on Scholastica and enter payment information. Once you're ready to begin using the software, you let us know and we activate the account.
How quickly can I get a journal website up and running?
You can get a website up and running in an hour or less! Some steps might require our technical team to help - for example, migrating your journal's articles or setting up a custom domain (e.g. “www.yourjournal.com”).

Open Access Publishing and Hosting

How does Scholastica's open access journal website template work?
Scholastica provides a customizable website template for open access journals. We don't build custom websites, and we only work with academic journals. You cannot bring over your old website style when you decide to use Scholastica's Open Access Publishing platform. You can upload back articles and issues to your Scholastica journal website.
Where will my journal/articles be hosted? Do our articles get put onto our/your server?
Scholastica will take care of all the hosting for your journal(s)! Your journal's URL can be a custom domain (e.g. “www.yourjournal.com”) or a subdomain on your current site (e.g. “www.myassociation.com/journal”).
Can my institution publish multiple journals on Scholastica?
Yes, you can publish as many journals as you want on Scholastica. Each account has its own settings and list of editors who have access. If desired, you can set up institutional users who have access to all the journals you publish on Scholastica.
Are your journal websites GDPR compliant?
Yes. Please see Scholastica's Terms of Service for more information on Scholastica's Data Process Addendum.
Can I import my journal's back content (e.g. previously published articles)?
Yes, Scholastica can import journal back issues. We can import from a standard XML file or the standard export from major systems (e.g. OJS, Digital Commons, etc.). We can also provide you a spreadsheet to manually fill out if you do not have XML. If you have a large volume of content not available in XML, contact us and we can connect you with one of our developers to see how we can best import your articles and issues.

Integrations (e.g. archiving/indexing)

Can Scholastica integrate with other web apps that I'm using?
Currently, Scholastica has integrations with select other software and services (e.g. Google Scholar, DOAJ, Portico, etc.). If there is a service you want to integrate with, please contact us. We do not provide a public API at this time.
Do integration options (Portico, DOAJ) have a separate fee? If yes, how much do they cost?
There is no extra cost to integrate with Portico or DOAJ. However, Portico or DOAJ do have their own fees.
What kind of indexing services does Scholastica provide?
Scholastica provides standard metadata, which any indexing service can crawl. We provide XML front matter you can provide directly to indexing services, automatic alerts to Google Scholar's crawler, and we also provide an automatic integration with DOAJ's article index.
What's Scholastica's role in applying for other services, like indexing?
Scholastica cannot apply for any indexes on your journal’s behalf. But we do provide standard metadata, which any indexing service can crawl. We also provide XML front matter you can download and then give directly to indexing services.

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