SciELO Network and Accessibility: Emphasis on Policies, Products And Services
From the SciELO Blog:
As part of the alignment with open science research communication practices, the SciELO Program initiated an interdisciplinary work plan aimed at promoting accessibility to the SciELO Network products and web services.
It is imperative, therefore, that we dialogue with the precepts of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNESCO, 2006), the Marrakesh Treaty (2013), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN, 2015) and the parameters determined by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI/W3C).
Motivated by these premises and the constant requests from our users with and without disabilities, since May 15, 2020, the SciELO Program, in cooperation with the Identities, Disabilities, Education & Accessibility Research Group (Grupo de Pesquisa Identidades, Deficiências, Educação & Acessibilidade) at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (GP-IDEA/UFSCar), have been discussing, from the perspective of accessibility, possible short, medium, and long term paths for reviewing the policies and practices of publication and access of products and services associated with journals and articles.
Improving accessibility as a key feature of the SciELO Publication Model will require the proactive participation of journal editors due to the gradual adjustments in submission guidelines, structures and content of articles.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.