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Web accessibility in open access journals
Alexa Ramírez-Vega

Last modified: 2019-11-02


The openness of journals means that anybody could access the content and this one have to consider people in any country, any age, using any technology and accessibility features. This presentation shows an evaluation of web accessibility of open access journal pages available on DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) in the Technology subject. For the evaluation we used an automatic web accessibility test, SortSite; this tool checks the accessibility of each page according to WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0 guidelines. 100% of open access journals present web accessibility issues of different levels. The most critical issues were related to problems in the page’s structure such as missing tags. Other minor issues like unresponsive design and insufficient contrast between foreground and background colors could cause reading problems.