Submission Guidelines

Article submissions for Information Technology and Disabilities Journal are accepted on a periodic basis. Whenever there is an active Call for Proposals, there will be a prominent announcement on the home page. Please consult the following submission guidelines, and contact us with any questions.

  1. Prospective authors are encouraged to send the editors a short concept statement of the proposed article to evaluate its suitability for the journal’s readership. (This is encouraged but not required.)
  2. Authors will be provided with a timeline for submitting the actual article including providing the author with a tentative schedule for reviewer comments and for editing recommendations if needed.

Document Preparation

  1. Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. All section headings and sub-headings should be created using Word's built-in heading styles. The title of the paper should be Heading 1, the first level of section headings should be Heading 2, sub-headings within each section should be Heading 3, and so forth.
  2. Submissions should conform to APA Style, in addition to the guidelines below.
  3. For all images, please include the following items:
    • A separate image file in GIF, PNG, or JPG format.
    • The same image, embedded into the Word file
    • A note beneath the image that includes the file name of the separate image, and a brief description of the image to be used as alternate text for people who are unable to see the image.
    • For complex images (e.g., charts, graphs, flow charts), long descriptions are required so people who are unable to see the image have access to the important information communicated by the image. For guidance about how to write long descriptions, please consult the publication Effective Practices for Description of Science Content within Digital Talking Books from the National Center for Accessible Media, or ask the ITD Journal editors. We're happy to help.
  4. Please provide data tables in either of the following formats:
    • Accessible HTML (preferred) - include all the markup necessary to ensure the table is fully accessible.
    • Microsoft Word table feature
    • For both formats, please include a brief summary of the table beneath the table. The summary should describe how the data in the table is organized, so screen reader or Braille users have a general understanding of the table's layout before exploring it.
  5. If the article includes mathematical formulas or equations, please provide this content in the following formats:
    • A separate document in MathML, or (X)HTML with embedded MathML (preferred).
    • Math authored in Word using Design Science MathType.
  6. Any notes should be included as end notes, not foot notes.
  7. Because the journal is electronic, there is no strictly enforced article length. However, documents ranging between 4000 and 5000 pages are preferred. In general the topic will determine the appropriate article length.
  8. Published articles will carry a Creative Commons License which will specify that people are free to copy and share the content for non-commercial purposes, as long as credit is given to the author(s) and Information Technology and Disabilities Journal.