Chicago Startup Scholastica Disrupts Academic Publishing
"It's absurd to have scholars who are focused on research trying to install complicated software on their own servers" says Cory Schires, Co-Founder and Lead Developer of the company. "With Scholastica, it only takes two minutes to start managing a journal and have all the tools you need to get your publication off the ground."
Scholastica is more than just a publishing platform, it's also a community of scholars. In a section of the site called The Conversation, academics the world over are encouraged to ask and answer questions, which can be ranked by other members for reputation points. People with higher reputations come up earlier when journals search for expert reviewers. "With Scholastica, we obviously wanted to give scholars the power to distribute knowledge, instead of these monolithic publishing companies," says Co-Founder and Designer Rob Walsh, "but we also wanted the place where ideas are published to be the same place knowledge is discussed – more mirroring the academic ideal."
A number of prestigious journals are using Scholastica, and the founders expect more to join soon. "Our clients are telling us that we've got the best user experience they've ever seen, and we're adding new features all the time," says Walsh. "If you have an existing journal or are considering starting a new one, the world is your oyster right now. No more clunky archaic software, no more expensive contracts, no more wasted time – with Scholastica, you can get back to what's important: finding and publishing the best scholarship out there."