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Accessibility statement for doaj.org

This accessibility statement applies to doaj.org exclusively.

Its subdomain blog.doaj.org and its sister site, doajbestpracticeguide.org, are WordPress sites and are not covered by this statement.

This website is run by DOAJ, on behalf of IS4OA. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels and fonts.
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen.
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).
  • We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand, following guidelines laid out by PlainLanguage.gov and PlainEnglish.co.uk.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible is this website?

We know some parts of this website may not be fully accessible:

  • The Publisher, Editor, and Admin dashboards (accessible via log-in only) are not responsive and accessible.
  • You cannot use the journal or article search function with Javascript disabled.
    • However, if you are using a device that renders JavaScript, the HTML output will be accessible.
  • You cannot modify the line height or spacing of the text.
  • Some blog posts contain links to older PDF documents which are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • The Supporters page contains an embedded map and a spreadsheet which may not be accessible to screen reader software.

We are continuing to update this document as we find accessibility issues or as we fix them.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

If you cannot view the map or the embedded spreadsheet on our Supporters page, and have a specific question about either of those, call or email us.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, you can do any of the following:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

DOAJ is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some images may not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text content).
  • Some form fields may be missing a label identifying the purpose of its corresponding field. This fails WCAG Success Criterion 1.3.5 (Identify Input Purpose).

We plan to fix these issues to meet accessibility standards by February 2021.

Disproportionate burden

  • Navigation and accessing information: it’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content. This fails WCAG Success Criterion 1.3.4 (Orientation).
  • Navigation and accessing information: there’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • PDFs and other documents: we have PDFs that were published in older blog posts but are not essential to our services (searching the database and applying to the database). The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 28 May 2020. It was last reviewed on 24 November 2020.

This website was last tested on 24 November 2020. Testing was carried out by the DOAJ team.