Scalar is an online scholarly publishing platform, developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at UCS, and funded by an NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant.

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.


  1. Create a Scalar account at You will need to provide your email address (I recommend using your USD email address), your full name, and a password. Don’t forget to check the Terms of Service and reCAPTCHA boxes. reCAPTCHA will then administer a test make sure that you are not a computer. The one I got said: Select all squares with street signs If there are none, click skip. You may have to do this more than once. (See this Wikipedia page for more information on what reCAPTCHA is for and how it works.) If all goes well, at the end of the account creation process, you will land on logged in as yourself (you should see your name at the upper-right corner).