Introducing ScienceOpen’s High Contrast Accessibility Mode  

Introducing ScienceOpen’s High Contrast Accessibility Mode  

At ScienceOpen, we are committed to inclusivity and ensuring that everyone can access and engage with our platform easily. That is why we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new high contrast accessibility mode toggle! 

What is High Contrast Mode? 

Symbol used for visually impaired

High contrast mode is an accessibility feature designed to enhance readability and usability for individuals with visual impairments or those who find it challenging to read content with standard color contrasts and text sizes. By activating high contrast mode, users adjust the colors of elements displayed on their screens, making text more readable and components easier to differentiate. All research available on ScienceOpen can now be read in high contrast mode! 

How Does it Work? 

ScienceOpen's New Accessibility Toggle

The high contrast accessibility mode can be simply turned on with a small yellow button with three black dots located in the top right-hand corner of ScienceOpen’s homepage. Once the toggle is clicked, the website’s layout and color scheme are adjusted, including: 

  • Enlarged text for improved legibility 
  • Contrasting color usage, such as yellow, blue, and green text on a black background  
ScienceOpen's Accessibility Feature in action

Black backgrounds reduce glare and eye strain, and are particularly beneficial for users with photosensitivity or discomfort with bright lights. The stark contrast between the black background and the enlarged, high-contrast colored text maximizes readability by making text and other elements stand out prominently. 

Why is it Important? 

Ensuring accessibility is crucial for creating an inclusive online environment. High contrast mode is aligned with web accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), providing a framework for making web content more accessible to people with disabilities, including visual impairments. 

Also on ScienceOpen: Integration of Alt-text on Article Landing Pages 

Example of a figure with alt-text from ‘Reflections on the Power of the Pen‘
Example of a figure with alt-text from ‘Reflections on the Power of the Pen

Alt-text, another pivotal accessibility feature, is already integrated into ScienceOpen’s digital infrastructure. This feature provides concise image descriptions for users with visual impairments, ensuring a smooth reading experience with screen readers. Authors and editors can easily include alt-text during the article submission process, enhancing accessibility and improving user experience across our platform. Read more about this accessibility feature on our blog here

Explore Research on Disabilities  

At ScienceOpen, we are proud to host several journals dedicated to advancing understanding and accessibility in fields such as disability studies, rehabilitation, and assistive technology. These journals – which uphold several critical UN Sustainable Development Goals such as SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” and SDG 10 “Reduced Inequalities” – serve as invaluable resources for researchers and practitioners to share insights, innovations, and best practices, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and empowered society. 

King Salman Center for Disability Research logo image

Journal of Disability Research, published by the King Salman Centre for Disability Research, focuses on improving the lives of individuals facing physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental challenges that impact daily life. Articles aim to raise awareness, foster research, and promote innovative solutions to enhance societal understanding and support for people with disabilities. Check out some of JDR’s recent articles here: 

International Journal of Disability and Social Justice logo image

Pluto Journals’ International Journal of Disability and Social Justice (IJDSJ) is an interdisciplinary journal in Disability Studies, launched in 2021. It aims to amplify voices of scholars and activists advocating for inclusivity and challenging injustices. The journal publishes cutting-edge research on disability-related issues and welcomes contributions from various fields, including Critical Disability Studies, Deaf Studies, and Political Science, among others. 

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ScienceOpen and its discovery environment aim to simplify your workflow and publications management with a user-friendly interface, cutting-edge discovery tools, and innovative features that aid in the dissemination and communication of research outputs. To learn more about how we can fit our services to your needs, contact Stephanie Dawson or Stuart Cooper.     

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