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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submitted file is sent in any of the following formats: Microsoft Word 97-2004 (doc) or Microsoft Word 2007 (docx).
  • It has been used the template provided by the Journal of Accessibility and Design for All to send the submission.
  • All URLs in the text (e.g. are active and clickable.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic, formatting and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Authors have followed the instructions included in the Ensuring a blind peer review section.

Author Guidelines


Journal of Accessibility and Design for All accepts reviewing scientific articles related to the journal's focus and scope. The contributions must be written in English, and they must be original (not published in another journal or any other media). Along the review process, it is forbidden that the contribution follows a parallel review process in another journal. The articles can be sent in Word 97-2004 (doc) or Word 2007 (docx) formats. The journal's editorial team will acknowledge the receipt of originals. In order to follow the formatting instructions, it is strongly recommended to use the journal's templates for contributors, available on doc and docx. The maximum extension of the paper should be around 15 pages, without including appendices.
Besides following the template's instructions, contributions must comply the following norms: 
  • Title (and optionally, subtitle): The title must adequately describe the contribution's content.
  • Authors: Authors must not include the author's names or any other information about them in the paper. Authors should include the author's names, their institutional affiliation and their e-mails in the intranet during the submission process.
  • Abstract: The contribution must include an abstract of no more than 300 words in length, a set of keywords that adequately describe the contribution's contents and the specialization areas that best fit the contents of the paper.
  • Keywords: a set of words that identifies what's the paper about and helps for the search in web browsers.
  • Structure: The structure of the article should follow the following pattern: introduction, methodology, results, conclusions, acknowledgments, references and appendices.
  • Notes: Footnotes or endnotes will not be accepted.
  • Citations: Whenever the authors make reference to another author's ideas or results, they must indicate its origin using the adequate citation. The citations must be written in text using APA 5th edition style.
  • Thanks: Before the references section, authors can thank people or institutions that have helped or financed the research presented in the article.
  • Tables and figures: Tables and figures must be correlatively numbered, following their order of appearance in the text. They must include captions that adequately describe the table's or figure's contents, and they should include the source of information used to build the table or figure. 
  • Tables accessibility: Tables must be simple and text editable (not images). Avoid cell combination. 
  • Figures accessibility: Figures that are essential for the understanding of the article must be well described in the article content or contain alternative text to enable their identification by screen readers. How to proceed for ALT text: 1. Locate the cursor on the figure, click right button and select 'image format' from the shown menu and then select 'alternative text' menu; or 2. You can write the description in a separate word sheet with reference to the figure, and the editor will introduce them.
  • Charts accessibility: charts are like images used to convey trends. Therefore, to avoid problems for colorblind users and users of screenreaders, charts must be accompanied of tables and text description of the content to convey and some considerations must be taken into account in their design. Examples of how to make charts can be found in the following link:
  • Bibliographical references: At the end of the main contents of the document (prior to appendices), authors should include the bibliographical references cited along the text. The references must be written in text using APA 5th edition style and must be numbered using brackets, i.e. [1].
  • Appendices: If needed, authors can add appendices to the document, that include complementary material useful to other researchers (e.g., questionnaires used in surveys or econometric models). Appendices will be placed after the bibliographical references section, and they must be labeled using capital letters (Appendix A, B, ...), and should have a title descriptive of its contents.
As soon as the paper fits the guidelines for authors, the peer review process will start, following the policies described in the peer review process section. The process ends when the article is accepted or rejected. Journal of Accessibility and Design for All takes no compromise about dates of publication, and disclaims any responsibility about the contents of the contributions sent to the journal. The journal reserves the right to make modifications to the article's contents, always noticing the authors and respecting their criteria.

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