Journal Call for Papers

The Journal Track aims at involving leading researchers in the Assistive Technology, Accessibility and Inclusion field into the exchange and communication with all stakeholders in the field at the CSUN AT Conference. The Journal Track aims at scientific excellence and involves a panel of leading researchers as reviewers to come to an acceptance rate of about 50%.

The Journal Track of the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference publishes its proceedings in CSUN's Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities. The journal is planned as a post-conference publication, giving authors time to finalize the paper after presenting at the CSUN AT Conference. To reach a broad audience, an open access approach has been chosen. The anticipated publishing of the journal is in late Spring 2020.

Submitting a Journal Call for Papers Proposal

Journal Call for Papers has concluded.  Accepted papers will be presented in the Journal Track during the 35th Annual CSUN AT Conference, March 11-13, 2020 and will be published in the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities.  Any paper that is not presented will not be included in the published Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities.

Paper submissions not accepted for the Journal Track may be considered and accepted for the General Session Track, the non-publishing track of the CSUN AT Conference.

Please visit and review the Overview of the Journal Call for Papers to begin the submission process.

Journal Track Sessions at CSUN AT Conference

Authors of accepted papers are asked to present their work during the dedicated Journal Track at the CSUN AT Conference. All authors will receive notification of acceptance by Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Each session is 40 minutes in length, including a questions and answers portion. In order to be included in the Journal Track and considered for publishing, one author per proposal must be indicated as a presenter, register as a conference presenter, and present the work of the paper.

Authors indicated as presenters (presenting authors) on all accepted papers will receive notice for Presenter Registration.  Presenter Registration opens Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and concludes at 3:00 PM PST, Tuesday, December 17, 2019.  See Presenter Registration for details and fees.

Best Submission Award

The Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research is awarded annually to the author(s) of the best submission to the Journal Track of the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Award winners are recognized for their exemplary submission and excellence in research and the advancement of assistive technology.

Recipients of the Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research receive complimentary travel, hotel and conference registration for the contact author/presenter, while remaining authors/presenters will receive complimentary conference registration, and will be acknowledged at the Keynote Address.

Manuscript Submission for Publishing

Only authors of accepted proposals for the Journal Track will be invited to submit a complete manuscript. Upon notice of acceptance to present, authors will receive further instructions, including formatting guidelines and template, to submit the complete manuscript for review for publication.  Complete manuscripts are due by 3:00 PM (PST) on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Following the review of manuscripts, the contact author listed on the proposal will receive notice and further instructions, to submit a final manuscript intended for publication.  If none of the authors present their work at the 35th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, the final manuscript will be ineligible for publication.

The manuscript must be submitted as two separate files:

  • Manuscript: A rich text format file containing only the text of the paper. See the Preparation of Manuscripts section below for formatting rules.
  • Additions: A zip file containing only the graphical elements for figures, tables, charts, etc., for the final paper.

The editor will only undertake copy editing and formatting.  It is the authors' responsibility to ensure the final paper is submitted in clear, concise English. Manuscripts that require extensive editing will be returned for revision.

MLA Style

The The Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities uses MLA Style.  For details on MLA, style guidelines can be found on the following websites:

Please note, there are specific formatting guidelines expected of all final manuscripts.  These guidelines and additional instructions are sent to the authors of accepted proposals.


Authors submitting manuscripts must agree to the following.

  • The author agrees that the work is published under Creative Commons License Attribution-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 4.0).
  • The author will grant permission to CSUN's Center on Disabilities to submit the manuscript to CSUN ScholarWorks, the institutional repository of the California State University, Northridge on the author's behalf. The author grants to CSUN ScholarWorks the non-exclusive right to reproduce and/or distribute the submission worldwide in any medium for non-commercial, academic purposes. The author agrees that CSUN ScholarWorks may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format and keep more than one copy for the purposes of security, backup and preservation. The author represents the submission is original work, and the author has the right to grant the rights contained in this license. The author also represents the submission does not, to the best of their knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright.

Inclusive Terminology

Given the audience for the journal includes those with disabilities and those who are allies of persons with disabilities, it is very important the terminology utilized reflects the preferences of the community of persons with disabilities. The ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, SIGACCESS, has prepared guidelines which reflect recommendations from the academic accessibility community related to language and terminology: General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities. All authors should follow these guidelines in preparing their final papers.


We strive to provide a fully accessible e-Journal and ask our authors to consider accessibility of their manuscripts as they are produced. As the Editor of the journal formats the manuscripts for publication, we reserve the right to alter any formatting concerns with text, tables, charts, figures, headings and etc. Any part of a manuscript that is altered is only for formatting and accessibility purposes.