Journal Call for Papers

Thank you for your interest in the Center on Disabilities' Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities. The call for papers process consists of the four sections outlined below. Please note the Deadline for Submission of Final Paper to ensure all of the requirements are met on time.

Submitting a Journal Call for Papers Proposal

The Scientific/Research 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 Assistive Technology Conference, also known as the CSUN AT Conference. To reach a broad audience, an open access approach has been chosen. The Scientific/Research Track aims at quality and therefore implements a highly competitive procedure, aiming at an acceptance rate of 50 percent.

Please note that contributions not accepted for the Journal & Scientific/Research Track may be accepted as general sessions for the CSUN AT Conference.

For additional information on submitting a proposal, review the Journal Call for Papers Procedures and Instructions.

Key Dates

Journal Call for Papers opens
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Journal Call for Papers closes
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Notification of acceptance
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Speaker registration opens
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Speaker registration closes
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Late Speaker registration opens
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Late Speaker registration closes
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Conference presentations
March 1-3, 2017
Deadline to submit final papers for post-conference journal publication consideration
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Publication of the CSUN Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities (planned)
Thursday, June 1, 2017

CSUN AT Conference Presentation through the Scientific/Research Track

Authors of accepted proposals are asked to present their work during the dedicated Scientific/Research Track at the CSUN AT Conference. For more information on the 2017 conference dates, visit the CSUN AT Conference website.

In order to be included in the Scientific/Research Track and considered for publishing in the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities, one author per proposal must register as a conference speaker and present the work of the proposal. 

The Scientific/Research Track is integrated into the general sessions program as one single track of sequential presentations. Each accepted proposal will be allocated 40 minutes for presentation, including a questions and answers portion. The time allocated may vary depending on the number of accepted proposals.

Deadline for Submission of Journal Final Paper

Authors of accepted proposals are asked to submit a final version of the 2016 conference papers no later than Thursday, December 1, 2016. Papers arriving later cannot be considered for publication. The final paper will be reviewed again and sent to the journal editors.

The final paper 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.

It is the author's responsibility to ensure the final paper is submitted in clear, concise English as the editor will not engage in extensive rewrites. Manuscripts that require extensive editing will be returned to the author for revision before publication. The editor will undertake copy editing, final preparation and send proofs to the author for final approval prior to publication. Authors must provide their full postal and email address in order to check proofs.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be laid out as follows.

  • Letter size (8.5 inches by 11 inches; 215.9 millimeters by 279.4 millimeters)
  • 1-inch (25.4 millimeters) margins all around
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double spaced (references and notes included)
  • Rich text format in any editor (e.g., Microsoft Word or StarOffice). Do not save as a read only file as the manuscript will be subject to copy editing.
  • Maximum manuscript length of 10 pages. Tables, figures, charts and other non-linear text elements not included.

The title page must include the following:

  • Title
  • Author name(s) with affiliation(s) and email address(es)
  • Abstract of no more than 200 words
  • Keywords (four to six words)

The following headings should be used:

  • Introduction
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Works Cited

MLA Style Guidelines

Manuscripts should adhere to the format of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition. Quick guides on MLA citation and style guidelines can be found on the following websites:

For complete information, consult MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition.


All references and works cited should be included as in-text citations or with parenthetical references. No endnotes, footnotes or numbered references.  Papers received in such a format will be returned for editing.

Tables, Figures, Charts, etc.

Tables, figures, charts, illustrations etc. included in the text should additionally be saved as separate files with unique names.  For example, Jones_charts.doc, Jones_tables.doc, etc.  Short, descriptive captions of tables, figures, charts, etc. should be provided in a separate file. Alt text and captions for tables, figures, charts, etc. should also come in a separate file.

**Tables must only have one main level heading with no sub-heading/categories as rows or columns. Tables or charts that merge together multiple headings and sub-categories cannot be made accessible. Please separate tables with multiple heading rows or columns into individual tables.


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.

Formatting and Accessibility

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. Content will not be altered without permission. Any part of a manuscript that is altered is only for formatting and accessibility purposes.