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***Universal Access in the Information Society Journal Call for Papers***
***     for a Special Issue on Information Systems Accessibility      ***

About the UAIS Journal

The UAIS Journal solicits original research contributions addressing the accessibility, usability and acceptability of  Information Society Technologies by anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and through any media and device. Universal access refers to the systematic effort to proactively apply principles, methods and tools of universal design, in order to
develop Information Society Technologies that are accessible and usable by all citizens.

The Journal's unique focus is on theoretical, methodological, and empirical research, of both technological and non-technological nature, that addresses equitable access and active participation of potentially all citizens in the Information Society. For further information, please, refer to the "Aims and Scope" section on the Website of the UAIS Journal (,10735,5-0-70-1167458-0,00.html).

Aims and Scope of this Special Issue of UAIS

Accessibility is the ability of persons, regardless of ability, to easily access information, regardless of form, structure, or presentation. Fifty-four million Americans-nearly one in five-live with some form of disability (cognitive, visual, or audio) that makes accessing information difficult. Additionally other access challenges including, but not limited to technological limitations, environmental or economic conditions can also lead to accessibility issues and problems.

Though great strides have been made during the past decade to accommodate those with special needs (including the development of numerous assistive technologies), there is still much to be done. For example, as the Internet and World Wide Web become an integral component of daily life, Web accessibility becomes more vital.

Accessibility goes beyond making information available for people with disabilities. Increasing accessibility may in turn increase use of systems by users without disabilities as well. Those with less powerful computers or slow Internet connections may find it preferable to purchase from accessible-friendly websites that require less bandwidth. For example, some might find it beneficial to surf the Web with the graphics function turned off, thus decreasing download time. Given this broad definition of accessibility, a number of research perspectives are expected from such areas as Information Systems, Information Science, Library Science, Education, Computer Science, and Engineering.

The best papers from the IT Systems Accessibility minitrack at AMCIS 2004 have been invited to submit to a special issue of the Universal Access in the Information Society Journal (UAIS) on Information Systems Accessibility. Additional high-quality (near journal ready) papers are invited to submit to this special issue as well. The aim is to publish
original work highlighting various issues regarding accessibility. Authors of submissions should carefully explain how the work and results presented contribute to facilitating and promoting universal access.

Contributions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following topics:

         Internet and Web Accessibility
         Content Access ability
         Assistive Technology
         Adaptive Technology
         Accessibility within the Workforce


Deadline for submission of papers: November 10, 2004.
Notification of acceptance: December 30, 2004.
Deadline for submission of camera-ready version of accepted papers:
February 10, 2005.

Expected publication date of the special issue: second half of 2005.

Manuscript Preparation

Please, refer to the "Download Instructions for Authors" section on the Website of the UAIS Journal (,10735,5-0-70-1167458-0,00.html).

Reviewing Process

All papers will be peer reviewed by three reviewers, experts in the field, appointed by the Guest Editor of the issue in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

Copyright information

Submission of an article implies that:

- the work described has not been published before, except in form of an
abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis;

- it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

For further information, please, refer to the "Copyright Information" section on the Website of the UAIS Journal.

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically as PDF files to the UAIS Special Issue on Information Systems Accessibility:

Guest Editors of the Special Issue on Information Systems Accessibility of UAIS:

Eleanor T. Loiacono
Department of Management
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609 USA
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Scott McCoy
School of Business
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA  23187-8795 USA
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Nicholas C. Romano, Jr.
Management Science and Information Systems
College of Business Administration
Oklahoma State University
700 North Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74106-0700  USA
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Please feel free to contact any of the guest editors via email for more information.