Web accessibility

"Web accessibility, or eAccessibility,[1] is the inclusive practice of ensuring there are no barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites on the World Wide Web by people with physical disabilities, situational disabilities, and socio-economic restrictions on bandwidth and speed." (Wikipedia)

Make your Word documents accessible

Authors should make sure that their manuscript is accessible for people with disabilities before submitting their manuscript to a journal. Please use the article template provided by the journal and run Word's built-in Accessibility Checker tool while writing your manuscript. 

See the guidelines from Microsoft on how to make your Word documents accessible.

Create accessible PDFs

Editors should ensure that article PDFs are accessible. The underlying Word document must not have accessibility issues, in addition, the PDF must be produced in a specific way:

  • Before generating the PDF, run the Accessibility Checker in your Word document.
  • When you Save As, select the Document structure tags for accessibility checkbox.

For the full description of the steps, see Microsoft's guidelines on how to Create accessible PDFs.

How Septentrio is working with web accessibility

Septentrio Academic Publishing is working on improving web accessibility of the content published in its journals and series. We are currently focusing on the webpages and are also starting to implement accessible article templates. Publishing, however, involves many actors - including editors and authors - so it will take a long time before we can claim that all of the content published by Septentrio Academic Publishing is 100 % accessible.

A useful resource for authors and editors is Creating Accessible Content: A Guide for Journal Editors and Authors

If you experience accessibility problems in Septentrio's journals and series, and have suggestions for improvement, contact us at septentrio@ub.uit.no.