Last fall a tutorial on how to use the free, open-source desktop publishing program Scribus was released on the AAPA website:
Based on reader feedback to have a more easily printed version, the same tutorial is now available as a PDF file:
Scribus is a full-featured program, which means it can be complicated and intimidating. But by using a provided template file to jump-start your publishing, and learning a core subset of commands, you can learn the basics to produce a journal with only a little effort.
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