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Stony Brook University

Scalar: An Introduction

Using the Scalar publishing platform.

Starting in Scalar

To start a Scalar project you must first register for a free Scalar account: 

  • Start at the Scalar website:
  • Click on the orange Sign Up button in the banner at the top of the page.
  • In the subsequent screen, type in your name, email address, and a password for your account.
  • After your register, you will be taken to the Index page. This page contains a list of all of the published books in Scalar. When you have created a book, it will show up on the left hand side of the screen.

That's it! You're ready to create a book.

If you need more help or just want an overview of Scalar, watch the video tutorial on the Scalar website:

Start a Scalar Book

Now that you have an account, you are ready to create your first Scalar book.

  • Navigate from the opening Index page to your Dashboard by clicking the "Dashboard" link in the upper right corner of your screen.
  • In the Dashboard, click the tab called My Account.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find Create New Book. In the text box, type the desired title of your book, and then click Create button.
  • The next screen you should see is the Dashboard for your new book. 
  • If you click on Index, your new book should appear in the left-hand column.

**NOTE:  You cannot delete a Scalar book in this interface. Email Scalar Admin to request deletion of a book.

Scalar Dashboard

The Dashboard section of Scalar serves as a control panel. The Dashboard allows you to navigate to the different sections of your Scalar book as well as gain a detailed, comprehensive view of the content.


My Account

-View email address associated with account

-Change account password

-View list of books you own as an author and as an editor




Book Properties

-View and edit the title, subtitle, and description of your book

-Change basic style elements such as the template and them, background image, thumbnail image, and add custom style or Javascript

-Make your book URL public or private, allow requests to join your book , and allow other users to duplicate your book

-Assign the scope (book, article, project)

-Order your menu items


Book Users

-Add/remove users

-View/Choose relationship of users to book

-View user contributions




-Navigate to edit page

-View the URI associated with each page

-View which pages are live and which pages are not

-View title of pages

-View date and time each page was created

-View versions of each page as it was edited


-View media that is live and not live

-View the URI associated with each media element

-Search for media via the search bar or hyperlinks to affiliated media providers

-View title of media

-View date and time each media file was used

-view versions of each media fiel as it was added, edited, or removed from pages


-View paths that are live and not live

-View the URI associated with the beginning of each path

-View the title and description of each path

-View content associated with each path

-View date and time each path was created


-View tags that are live and not live

-View the URI associated with each tag

-View the title, description, and content of tags

-View the date and time each tag was created


-View annotations that are live and not live

-View the URI associated with each annotation

-View title, description, and content of annotations

-View date and time each annotation was created



-View comments that are live and not live (**Note: comments will never show up in your book unless you make them live)

-View URI associated with each comment

-View title, description, and content of each comment

-View date and time the comment was created

-View the content that the comment relates to