Journal Call for Papers

The Scientific/Research 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 Science/Research 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 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 AT Conference. To reach a broad audience, an open access approach has been chosen. The anticipated publishing of the journal is in late Spring 2019.

Submitting a Science/Research Journal Call for Papers Proposal

Scientific/Research Journal Call for Papers opens Thursday, August 23, 2016 and concludes Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PDT).  Accepted papers will be presented in the Scientific/Research Track during the 34th Annual CSUN AT Conference, March 11-15, 2019 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 Scientific/Research Journal Track may be considered and accepted for the General Track, the non-publishing track of the CSUN AT Conference.

Scientific/Research Journal Track Sessions at CSUN AT Conference

Authors of accepted papers are asked to present their work during the dedicated Scientific/Research Journal Track at the CSUN AT Conference. All authors will receive notification of acceptance by Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

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

Authors indicated as speakers (presenting authors) on all accepted papers will receive notice for Speaker Registration.  Speaker Registration opens Tuesday, October 30, 2018 and concludes at 3:00 PM PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018.  See Speaker 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 Science/Research 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/speaker, while remaining authors/speakers will receive complimentary conference registration, and will be acknowledged at the Keynote Address.

Manuscript Submission for Publishing

Only authors of accepted proposals will be invited to submit a final manuscript for publication by Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Papers arriving later cannot be considered for publication. The contact author listed on the proposal will receive notice and further instructions, including formatting guidelines and template, upon acceptance.  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.

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 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.