The Open Library of Humanities seeks the highest standards of accessibility for its titles and to be an inclusive publisher of research material. To this end, we are constantly working with our partners to update our platform and to ensure that we meet relevant professional standards.

This includes:

  1. Enabling dyslexia-friendly fonts and display characteristics across our journal portfolio;
  2. Providing all of our articles in formats that are accessible to those using screen readers;
  3. Building towards full WCAG 2.1 compliance in all of our titles

If you have any accessibility problems when accessing an OLH title, please email and we will work to address this as our highest priority.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of the website are not accessible:

  • Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Discrepancies in use of header tags in HTML
  • The news and articles carousel in the homepage doesn’t have controls for pausing or moving forwards/backwards.
  • Whilst testing of the publicly accessible sections of the website have been completed the closed sections have not yet, though they are part of our Roadmap (link below).

We are working on making the site more accessible by:

Compliance Status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 in conformance with the AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below. You can also see the full list of the WCAG 2.1 on the W3 website.

Non-Accessible Content

The content below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum)
    • Content created by web-authors
    • Teach staff about contrast and review content periodically
  • 1.1.1 Non Text Content
    • Carousel – our carousel does not currently have alt text
  • 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide
    • Carousel - We are lacking controls for pausing and moving forwards/backwards through the items
  • 3.3.2 Login, Registration and Contact
    • The Login, Registration and Contact pages do not display which fields are required in a way that is compliant with WCAG 3.3.2. However this is on our roadmap to fix.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 2020-09-24. It was last reviewed on 2022-09-24.

This website was last tested on 2022-09-24. The test was carried out by Mauro Sanchez, Birkbeck, University of London

When testing, we chose a sample of pages to cover a broad range of content and built our samples on the following principles:

  • To review content from all web authors currently working on the website.
  • To review content that is statistically used the most.
  • To review all procedures from start to end.
  • To review all content directly related to accessibility.