Technology and Disability

Volume

33, 4 issues

Latest issue

33:3 online 24 August 2021

Next issue

33:4 scheduled for November 2021

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1992

ISSN print

1055-4181

ISSN online

1878-643X

Aims & Scope

Technology and Disability communicates knowledge about the field of assistive technology devices and services, within the context of the lives of end users - persons with disabilities and their family members. While the topics are technical in nature, the articles are written for broad comprehension despite the reader's education or training. The content of Technology and Disability covers research and development efforts, education and training programs, service and policy activities and consumer experiences.

- The term Technology refers to assistive devices and services.
- The term Disability refers to both permanent and temporary functional limitations experienced by people of any age within any circumstance.
- The term and underscores the editorial commitment to seek for articles which see technology linked to disability as a means to support or compensate the person in daily functioning.

The Editor also attempts to link the themes of technology and disability through the selection of appropriate basic and applied research papers, review articles, case studies, program descriptions, letters to the Editor and commentaries. Suggestions for thematic issues and proposed manuscripts are welcomed.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

Luc de Witte
The Innovation Centre
The University of Sheffield

Tel.: +44 1142 259129 / 7850 076478
United Kingdom

Email: l.p.dewitte@sheffield.ac.uk

Founding Editors

Joseph P. Lane

William C. Mann

Secretariat Journal

Hannah Pinnock
Email: h.r.pinnock@sheffield.ac.uk

Editorial Committee

Dr. Steven Ariss
Innovation Centre
University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Prof. Dominique Archambault
Université Paris 8
Master Handi

Saint-Denis, France

Dr. Sara Comai
Department of Electronics
Politecnico di Milano

Milan, Italy

Dr. Katerina Mavrou
Department of Education
European University Cyprus

Engomi, Cyprus

Editorial Board

Renzo Andrich, MScEng
The Global Assistive Technology Information Network
Belluno, Italy

Luis Azevedo, PhD
University of Lisbon (retired)
ANDITEC
Lisbon, Portugal

S. Balamurugan, PhD
Intelligent Research Consultancy Services
Coimbatoire, India

Hans van Balkom, PhD
Radboud University Nijmegen
Milo Assessment and Interventioncentre on AAC
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Serenella Besio, MSc
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Bergamo, Italy

Ignacio Bermejo Bosch, MSc
Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia
Valencia, Spain

Christian Bühler, PDEng
TU Dortmund University
Dortmund, Germany

Alert M. Cook, PhD
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

Jan J. Engelen, PhD
Kath. Universiteit Leuven (Prof. Em.)
Leuven, Belgium

Luca Fanucci, PhD
University of Pisa
Pisa, Italy

Klaus Fellbaum, PDEng
Brandenburg University of Technology (retired)
Cottbus, Germany

Juan C. Garcia, PhD
University of Alcala
Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Takenobu Inoue, PhD
National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
Tokorozawa, Japan

Georgios Kouroupetroglou, PhD
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Athens, Greece

Choubeila Maaoui, PhD
Lorraine University
Metz, France

Lawrence R. Normie, MSc
Lawrence Normie Consulting
Jerusalem, Israel

Manik Sharma, MCA, UGC-NET, PhD
DAV University Jalandhar
Jalandhar, India

Cecilia Sik-Lanyi, PhD,
University of Pannonia
Veszprem, Hungary

Dušan Šimšík, PhD
Technical University of Košice
Košice, Slovakia

Constantine Stephanidis, PhD
University of Crete, Institute of Computer Science - FORTH
Heraklion, Greece

Nirmalya Thakur, MSc
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Joost van Hoof, DSc
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
The Hague, The Netherlands

Nadine Vigouroux, PhD
Université Paul Sabatier
Toulouse, France

Wolfgang L. Zagler, PhD
Vienna University of Technology (retired)
Vienna, Austria

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SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT

By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system. Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be an MS Word document, a PDF, or a zip file.

Enquiries:
Luc de Witte
The Innovation Centre
The University of Sheffield
217 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP
UK
Tel.: +44 (0)114 222 0713 Ext: 20713 (Secretariat: Ms. Hannah R. Pinnock)
Email: h.r.pinnock@sheffield.ac.uk

Required files for final submissions
After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).

Publication fee
Technology and Disability does not charge a publication fee.

Color figures
It is possible to have figures printed in color, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts. Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Author Contributions
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Conflict of Interest
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract
  • Keywords

Abstract
The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.

BACKGROUND:
OBJECTIVE:
METHODS:
RESULTS:
CONCLUSIONS:

Acknowledgements
Any contributors to the manuscript that do not meet the authorship requirements should be included in the Acknowledgements section. The Statement of Funding, if applicable, should also be included here with the funding source and grant number for the study.

If there are no acknowledgments, do still include this section and insert "The authors have no acknowledgments".

Author Contributions
For every author, his or her contribution to the manuscript needs to be provided using the following categories:
CONCEPTION:
PERFORMANCE OF WORK:
INTERPRETATION OR ANALYSIS OF DATA:
PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT:
REVISION FOR IMPORTANT INTELLECTUAL CONTENT:
SUPERVISION:

Ethical Considerations
Please inform in this section the Institutional Review Board approval number and date to your research. In case informed consent was obtained please also inform it in this section. Studies exempt from Institutional Review Board approval should inform the reason for exemption, e.g. “This study, as a literature review, is exempt from Institutional Review Board approval”.

Conflict of Interest
Statement of all financial and material support for this research and any potential conflicts should also be clearly identified.
If there is no Conflict of interest then still state that “The authors have no conflicts of interest to report”.

Tables & Figures
Tables
Tables should be numbered as Table 1, Table 2, etc. All tables must be referred to in the text. Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be included in parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns, instead leave some extra space between the columns. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in brief footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Figures
Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig 2, etc. and refer to all of them in the text. Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text. Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption.

Colour figures can be included in the print version, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. The online version has no extra charges for color figures.

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
- line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
- grayscales (including photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
- do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
- do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
- do not use color in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is color, you should change the settings)
- for figures that should be printed in color, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%. Photographs should have good contrast and intensity.

References

Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style.

Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.

References must be listed in Vancouver style:

[1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.
[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.

Footnotes
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.
If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

COPYRIGHT
Copyright of your article
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Quoting from other publications
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Peer Review Policy

Technology and Disability is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to the journal will be forwarded to three reviewers. Reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s). The Editorial Office strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Significance to field    
  • Relevance to journal
  • Methodology    
  • Data analysis    
  • Literature review    
  • Writing style/clarity

Based on the received reviews the Editor-in-Chief will write a decision letter:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Revise and resubmit
  5. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final.