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The Journal of Enabling Technologies provides an international and multi-disciplinary evidence-base in health, social care, education and design on how technologies can enable disadvantaged, disabled, or otherwise marginalised groups to live full and happy lives.

ISSN: 2398-6263
eISSN: 2398-6263

Aims and scope

The Journal of Enabling Technologies (JET) reports on research and practice around how technologies can enable disadvantaged, disabled, or otherwise marginalised groups to fully engage in life and society, thereby creating a more equitable, just and inclusive future for all. 

The journal is interested in how such technologies are (co-)created, used and evaluated in practice, and the impact that they have on the people using them. This produces insights for users, practitioners, researchers, designers, stakeholders and caregivers (in the broadest sense).

JET aims to raise awareness of technologies and their uses in health, social care, education and design for a wide and varied readership. The areas in which technologies can be enabling for the scope of JET include, but are not limited to:

  • Independence and autonomy
  • Inclusion and equity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Learning and employment
  • Self-advocacy
  • Care and support
  • Quality of life
  • Access to services
  • Communication and interaction
  • Identity and culture
  • Safety

Digital technologies are widely applied to assist and enable individuals’ participation in society and life, and the range of papers submitted to the journal strongly represents this. Innovation is at the heart of this agenda and the journal strongly encourages papers that report and demonstrate the design, use, evaluation and discussion of new technologies in new contexts or for new purposes.

The context of technology use may include schools, workplaces, homes, public spaces, clinics, hospitals, and transport. The users of these technologies could be people with physical, developmental, sensory or learning difficulties or differences, older people, or children and young people from marginalised groups.

Cutting across these contexts are major themes of ethics, participation, accessibility, inclusiveness, and social justice – in other words, responsible innovation within this field. Therefore, the journal encourages submissions from authors who wish to tackle these cross-cutting themes within the contexts noted above, which raise important questions that inform this research agenda.

JET publishes peer-reviewed papers that use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodological approaches; articles that report opinions or facts; and book or technology reviews.

We also welcome proposals for special issue themes on timely and important topics.

Previously published as Journal of Assistive Technologies (ISSN: 1754-9450).

This journal is aligned with our healthier lives goal

We understand the importance of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

SDG 1 No poverty
SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 3 Good health & well-being
SDG 6 Clean water & sanitation
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
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