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Accessibility Statement for Hosting Service Website

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

Using this journal publishing system

The Book and Journal Hosting Service is run by the University of Edinburgh Library as part of the University of Edinburgh. We use Open Monograph Press (OMP) and Open Journal Systems (OJS) to provide a publishing platform for staff and students at the University to publish open access journals. We also provide this service to other SCURL institutions (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries) as a shared service. OJS is open source software developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

We want as many people as possible to be able to read the journal content hosted on the platform. We also want all University staff and students who are keen to publish or who are already publishing open access peer-reviewed journals, to be able to use the Journal Hosting Service.

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • Experience no time limits to content
  • 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.

Customising the website

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

AbilityNet - My computer my way

With a few simple steps you can customise the appearance of our website to make it easier to read and navigate.

Additional information on how to customise our website appearance

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • some parts may not be fully compatible with screen readers
  • you may not be able to access all content by using the keyboard alone
  • sometimes it can be hard to tell where you have navigated too by keyboard.
  • some colour contrasts do not meet recommended guidance
  • some non-text content does not have text alternatives
  • Not all videos have subtitles
  • There is some slow scrolling items that a user cannot pause
  • There is some use of italics, underlining and continuous capitals
  • There is no direct back link from the journals to the hosting page.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille please contact the website team by emailing or by writing to us at:

Scholarly Communications

Library & University Collections

Floor F (East) Argyle House

Lady Lawson Street


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

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 please let us know by contacting The Scholarly Communications team

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

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 please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly.

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

When an issue is identified with either OJS (Open Journal Systems) or individual journal websites we will liaise with the system provider and journal editors to highlight the issue and seek a solution. While investigation is underway, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged

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

The full guidelines are available at:

 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1

Non accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items to not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:


  • It is not possible to use a keyboard to access all the content
  • Information is conveyed as an image of text rather than as text itself so that it's not compatible with screen readers and other assistive technology
  • Most tooltips disappear as soon as the cursor moves. Also tooltips are not always present for all icons and images.
  • There may not be sufficient colour contrast between font and background colours especially where the text size is very small.
  • Visual information to identify user interface components, such as keyboard focus, do not always have a sufficient contrast ratio
  • Not all pre-recorded audio-only or video-only media will have alternative media that presents equivalent information e.g. audio track with description of the action in a video with no sound
  • Not all video will have subtitles or subtitles that identify all speakers as well as noting other significant sounds e.g. laughter
  • Some content cannot be presented without loss of information when magnified to the maximum browser level

We will produce accessibility guidelines and work with journals to ensure that the issues listed above are addressed. This will include making sure colour contrasts are accessible, future video and audio-visual content is subtitled, future PDFs are accessible and that non-text content has text alternatives. This will be carried out by September 2020.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested in May 2019. The website was tested by the University of Edinburgh’s Disability Information Officer on a PC using Internet Explorer (11.0.9600.19236) browser and also using the automated WebAIM WAVE tool. Internet Explorer was chosen as the browser due to it being the most commonly used browser by disabled people as shown in the government survey: the Government Assistive Technology Browser Survey

We tested:

  • Spellcheck functionality
  • Data validation
  • Scaling using different screen resolutions
  • Options to customise the interface (magnification, font, background colour etc.)
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Warning of links opening in a new tab or window
  • Information conveyed in colour or sound only
  • Flashing or scrolling text
  • Operability if Javascript is disabled
  • Use with screen reading software (eg. JAWS)
  • Assistive Software such as TextHelp Read and Write, and Zoomtext
  • Tooltips and text alternatives for any non-text content
  • Time limits

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to work with developers and journal editors to address these issues and deliver a solution or suitable workaround and correct issues directly where they are under our control. We will raise accessibility as a significant issue with the PKP (Public Knowledge Partnership) and encourage system development in line with UK legal responsibilities.

We will continue to monitor system and hosted journal accessibility and will carry out further accessibility testing if significant changes are made to the user interface or if a service user raises an issue.

We will produce accessibility guidelines for journal editors and work with them to address the issues described above. New journals on the platform will be given guidance and support to make their website accessible.

Due to the open source nature of the system in use it may not be possible to resolve all accessibility issues. If this is the case, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged.

Information Services and accessibility

Information Services (IS) has further information on accessibility including assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users.

Assistive technology, creating accessible documents, and services IS provides for disabled users


This statement was prepared in August 2019. It was last updated on 21st October 2019.