ScienceOpen’s Accessibility Statement

ScienceOpen’s journey has been consistently improving in its pursuit of a more open and accessible publishing landscape for all. Our focus has always been on fostering open science and developing innovative publishing products and solutions that enable smooth scientific communication and exchange. With over a decade of experience in digital publishing, we have managed to successfully address accessibility gaps in the digital publishing landscape.

We believe that inclusivity is key to fostering a thriving scientific community. To achieve this, ScienceOpen continually upgrades its network, ensuring that the platform evolves with one clear objective: to make scientific knowledge accessible to a global audience.

Our network keeps on upgrading with one goal in mind: Science Open & Accessible for All.

At ScienceOpen, we proudly uphold the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), ensuring that all our digital content is WCAG 2.1 compliant and that our solutions foster an inclusive and accessible environment for users of diverse abilities.

One of the cornerstones of our accessibility initiatives is the integration of alt-text elements into our digital infrastructure. These elements manifest on the HTML full-text article landing pages, significantly enhancing content accessibility for all users. This strategic move not only aligns with our commitment to inclusivity but also contributes to an improved overall user experience on ScienceOpen.

Example of a figure with alt-text from the article 'Reflections on the Power of the Pen'
Example of a figure with alt-text from ‘Reflections on the Power of the Pen’

Authors and editors who contribute content to ScienceOpen play a pivotal role in this accessibility journey. Our platform empowers them to easily add alternate texts for images featured in their articles during the regular submission process. This not only enriches the scholarly content hosted on ScienceOpen but also ensures that information is readily available to a broader audience.

Moreover, we understand the importance of catering to the diverse needs of our user base. By providing features that allow for text-to-speech compatibility, keyboard navigation, and customizable font sizes, we aim to create an environment where every user can engage with scientific content on their own terms.

Our dedication to accessibility goes beyond mere compliance.

In the simplest terms, ScienceOpen is a commitment to breaking down barriers in the world of digital publishing, not just a platform. We envision a future in which science is truly open and accessible to all, and we invite you to join us on this life-changing journey. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we encourage you to contact us if you have any accessibility concerns, which will help to strengthen our collective efforts to make Science Open and Accessible to All.

Image with figure containing alt-text in an article by the Journal of Disability Research.
Screen readers are able to read out the figure title and an alt-text describing what is depicted to help make the text more comprehensive for visually impaired people.

Stay tuned while we keep upgrading ScienceOpen!

Last Updated: December 2023

This commitment to accessibility was last reaffirmed on December 2023, marking another step in our ongoing journey towards a more inclusive and accessible scientific community.

Contact for Accessibility Concerns:

If you encounter any accessibility issues or have specific concerns, please contact us at feedback@scienceopen.com. We are committed to addressing and resolving accessibility challenges to enhance the user experience.