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Universal Access in the Information Society
Univers Access Inform Soc

Published/Hosted by Springer. ISSN (printed): 1615-5289. ISSN (electronic): 1615-5297.

Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) is an international interdisciplinary refereed journal that solicits original research contributions addressing the accessibility usability and ultimately acceptability of Information Society Technologies by anyone anywhere at anytime and through any media and device. Universal access refers to the conscious and systematic effort to proactively apply principles methods and tools of universal design in order to develop Information Society Technologies which are accessible and usable by all citizens including the very young and the elderly and people with different types of disabilities thus avoiding the need for a posteriori adaptations or specialized design. The journal's unique focus is on theoretical methodological and empirical research of both technological and non-technological nature that addresses equitable access and active participation of potentially all citizens in the information society. The journal's perspective is that the requirement for universal access stems from the growing impact of the fusion of the emerging technologies and from the different dimensions of diversity which are intrinsic to the information society. These dimensions become evident when considering the broad range of user characteristics the changing nature of human activities the variety of contexts of use the increasing availability and diversification of information and knowledge sources and services the proliferation of technological platforms etc. The Journal's primary objectives are: to provide an archival publication channel for the discussion and advancement of theoretical and practical aspects of universal access to the information society; to facilitate the rapid and wide diffusion of scientific and technological results that promote universal access to the information society; and to stimulate cross-fertilization between the different contributing disciplines. The journal publishes research work on the design development evaluation use and impact of Information Society Technologies as well as on standardization policy and other non-technological issues that facilitate and promote universal access.

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