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Accessibility of Mathematics and Science

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Enabling Technologies

Guest Editors:

Dominique Archambault
Université Paris 8, France
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Georgios Kouroupetroglou,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
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Klaus Miesenberger
Johannes Kepler Unviersität Linz, Austria
[email protected]

Katsuhito Yamaguchi
Nihon University, Japan
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Access to mathematical expressions have always been a particular problem for blind and partially sighted people, and more widely people with print disability including people with dyscalculi, dyslexia, dyspraxia and other preception, processing or motor disorders. The main issue lays in the intrinsic linearity of non visual modalities, namely speech and Braille, and adapted visual modalities (e.g. size, color, contrast), which makes it difficult to understand the overall structure of expressions, while sighted people catch it at a glance. Other aspects are related to doing calculation and problem solving using alternative methods for entering, presenting and navigating expressions.

This has a particular negative effect in terms of careers possibilities for print disabled people, since it excludes them not only from mathematical studies, but from all fields that require mathematical knowledge, including all scientific areas as well as areas using statistics.

Aims and Scope

This special issue intends to bring together experts from around the world to present and discuss the state of the art, the actual research and development activities and the future perspectives in access to mathematics for the pint disabled. It is the aim of the special issue to find ways how the potential of ICT, Assistive Technologies and accessibility (semantics) enhanced content development could lead to advancements in education and career of disabled students, in particular, those with a print disability, in fields where advanced skills in mathematics are necessary.

We are seeking submissions that cover any of the following themes:
NB: The following topics are indicative and not exhaustive. Papers on other topics under the main theme are welcome.

  • Access to mathematical and other scientific material (e.g. statistics, chemistry, biology) in different formats (e.g. adapted visual, audio, Braille, captioning) and using Assistive Technologies
  • Understanding and learning mathematics and science based on flexible and adaptable multimedia representations and Assistive Technologies
  • Doing mathematics employing multi-modal interaction possibilities (e.g. speech input, touch, gestures,tangible interfaces) and Assistive Technologies
  • Inclusive education and job integration in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) rich domains.


Author submission deadline: March 24, 2018
Expected publication: Autumn 2019

Further guidance on submission:

All submissions to Journal of Enabling Technologies should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

The Guest Editors will conduct an initial screening of submitted papers. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

Interested authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Accessibility of Mathematics and Science” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.