Scholastica website template designed for academic journals

Scholastica is rolling out a website template designed specifically for academic journals that is desktop and mobile-friendly. You choose the images, colors, layout, and branding for your website, and even a custom domain. You can sign up for a demo here - read on for full details!

What options do scholarly journals currently have for great website hosting and design? The way we see it, not too many. Journals can either:

  1. Enlist a tech savvy editor to build a website - a bigger time commitment than most can make
  2. Have a volunteer or grad student build a website - this often leads to the site not being maintained properly once the volunteer moves on
  3. Have an external team build a website - this can be expensive and down the road lead to journals settling for outdated functionality and design (we’ve all seen this!)
  4. Use a mainstream website builder like WordPress - this can be a more affordable option, but still requires quite a bit of technical setup and doesn’t offer many journal-specific templates
  5. Stick with just a page on a publisher or institution website - this gives journals little to no ability to update their website design and highlight new content

Do you fall into any of the above categories, and are you unhappy with your journal’s current website design?

A shared frustration that we’ve heard from many editors is that they don’t have the time or budget to maintain a modern journal website, so they settle for a mediocre one. At Scholastica, we believe that all journals should be able to have a beautiful, user-friendly, and functional website - so we started working on a solution. In the coming months, Scholastica will launch a journal website template as part of Scholastica Open Access Publishing, which journals will be able to customize to meet their publication needs.

Once you choose a Scholastica website template for your journal, you can upload a header image and article images, create custom article sections, add your journal’s logo, and customize your website colors. You can also select a custom domain for your website - Scholastica will handle the hosting for you!

In this blog post we’ll overview some details of journal websites on Scholastica. First here’s a quick preview of what to expect:

Journal websites preview

Scholastica’s new template will make it possible for journals in any discipline to showcase their content on a beautiful website at an affordable price. The best part is editors can set up and customize their journal website in minutes right on Scholastica. Here’s a sneak peek of what websites will look like:

Scholastica journal websites feature ability to upload custom journal header image and logo as well as easy navigation for visiting scholars

Scholastica journal website templates prominently feature your latest articles on your journal's homepage

Scholastica journal website templates feature an articles page that showcases all your journal content with images and descriptions

What will Scholastica’s website template include?

We’re building websites that have all the features journals need to publish online including:

  • A beautiful homepage that showcases all of your latest articles
  • Article sections so editors can categorize content by topic to help readers find articles faster
  • Mobile-friendly design so scholars can read your website on the go
  • Built-in blog functionality so you can easily start a blog from Scholastica at any time

How does Scholastica’s website template differ from other website builders?

Designated Website Template for Journals

A challenge for many editorial teams when designing their journal website is that there aren’t a ton of user-friendly examples out there to work from. For journals that enlist an outside designer or opt to use a generic website builder like WordPress it can be easy to fall into old patterns and model their website off of their print edition. This is a big no-no! Readers interact with content differently online and your website should reflect that. A primary benefit of Scholastica’s website template is that we’ve designed it specifically for online academic journals. Our journal websites have easy navigation so authors, reviewers, and readers can quickly find where they need to go. Scholastica’s template showcases your latest publications from the homepage and make it easy for visitors to skim through articles and issues.

Indexed by Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a free and convenient way for academics around the world to conduct research and one in which all of your journal articles should be indexed. While you may assume that your articles will be indexed by Google Scholar, since Google automatically indexes most webpages, this is actually not the case. Journals must follow specific indexing guidelines to ensure their articles show up in Google Scholar, which can be a time-consuming and technical process. Recognizing this, we’ve set up Scholastica’s website template to take care of all Google Scholar indexing needs for you. When you publish via Scholastica your articles will automatically be indexed by Google Scholar, increasing their discoverability.

Mobile-friendly Design

Today most websites are mobile-friendly and your journal website should be too. Making your website mobile-friendly will not only give your readers a better experience by allowing them to browse your site from smartphones and tablets, but will also improve your site’s search engine ranking as mobile-readiness is one of Google’s key webpage ranking signals. Scholastica’s website template has a mobile-friendly design by default so there’s no need for extra work on your part. Just sign up for Scholastica Open Access Publishing, customize your website template to your liking, and start publishing desktop and mobile-friendly content in minutes.

Part of a Complete Journal Management Platform

One struggle many editorial teams face is trying to balance their time between different online platforms. Some journals use separate tools for submissions, peer review, publishing, and their website. This can be a lot to manage and can lead to you updating your website less frequently than you would like. The Scholastica Open Access Publishing platform is integrated with our peer review software, so your journal can choose to accept manuscripts, coordinate peer review, and publish all on Scholastica. Move your manuscripts seamlessly from peer review to publication and save time!