Scholastica announces the launch of a new digital-first production service for journals. We use a software-based process to produce PDF, HTML, and full-text XML article files from a single source quickly and affordably.
Is article production taking up your team’s time? Whether you’re wrestling with text and data table formatting on your own or trying to keep track of freelance typesetters, you’re likely exerting more energy on production than you’d like. And you may not be getting the professional article results that you need.
In the past, there have been limited options for article production. Journals could either contract out to a publisher or freelancer or do it themselves — options that can be expensive and very time-consuming. But that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.
Scholastica has announced the launch of a new PDF, HTML, and XML article production service to make typesetting easy and affordable. We use advanced technology to take DOCX manuscripts and accompanying image and data files and turn them into beautiful PDFs, as well as full-text XML and HTML. Scholastica is able to typeset articles — including complex graphs and tables — quickly and reliably.
And we’ve made it easy to integrate our production service with our peer review system and open access publishing platform to help journals using multiple Scholastica products streamline their entire publishing process.
Read on for the details of our new production service!
Gone are the days of your editors struggling to typeset articles or keep track of proof review needs for typeset articles sent from freelancers. Scholastica’s production service handles all article preparation and proofing steps, so you don’t have to worry about managing the process. All you have to do is upload your DOCX manuscripts and accompanying files to Scholastica, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Scholastica’s production process is fast and easy:
- We take your DOCX manuscript and accompanying files and create PDF, HTML, and XML versions of the article
- We send the article proof to the author and work with them to make any necessary edits (or your editors if you prefer)
- We send you beautiful PDFs and full-text XML and HTML article files
Rather than manually creating files in a design editor, our team does all PDF article text, table, and data formatting digitally. As a result, we’re able to produce professional PDFs more quickly than traditional service providers. Scholastica’s typesetting technology can handle even the trickiest tables and data files. And since we generate tables from data, rather than inserting images of tables into articles, each one of your articles is sure to look clean and modern.
Fully open access (OA) journals using Scholastica’s production service can also host their articles via our OA publishing platform to provide a modern, digitally-optimized reading experience. When hosted via Scholastica, our HTML articles are mobile-friendly and feature the ability to embed videos, graphs, and tables in the text, making your content more engaging.
Using Scholastica’s OA publishing platform, you can also be sure that your content will show up in online search results. Article pages are structured to support search engine crawling, including Google Scholar indexing, with rich machine-readable HTML metadata.
Fully OA journals that integrate our production service and OA publishing platform also get a more centralized publishing process. When you use Scholastica for production and publishing, you don’t have to worry about downloading and re-uploading typeset articles between multiple systems. Typeset articles are sent to your Scholastica account, ready to be published on your modern journal website in a few clicks.
With Scholastica’s OA publishing platform, journals get:
- A mobile-friendly website designed to meet the needs of modern scholars
- The ability to integrate with leading archives and indexes and SEO support
- Publishing analytics, including article download counts, unique website visitors, referring websites, and more
Our OA publishing platform also seamlessly integrates with our peer review system - making it easy to centralize all of your journal management processes.
Scholastica introduced this new production service to continue our mission to put control of research back into the hands of the academic community. Production has historically been one of the most labor-intensive aspects of journal publishing, making it difficult for small publishers to manage the entire publishing process. By creating a service to simplify the process, we are making it easier for scholarly organizations to publish journals on their terms.
Now journals can single-handedly manage peer review, typeset articles, and publish on a modern website using Scholastica software and services, rather than contracting out to expensive corporate publishers. We’re thrilled to offer a full suite of journal management solutions to help reduce the manual effort and cost involved in running academic journals and encourage community-led OA publishing.