Improving color vision accessibility in scientific research literature
TimeWednesday, September 15
DescriptionColor vision deficiency (CVD) is marked by the inability or hampered ability for a person to distinguish differences in color. Roughly 8% of the world’s population suffers from CVD, which can create difficulty perceiving visual information on an everyday basis. This requires digital platforms to be designed to account for color vision accessibility (CVA) to accommodate for users with CVD. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) outlines general rules web content must adhere to in order to make its information accessible to all users, regardless of disability. While websites are heavily regulated for CVA implementation, the figures found in scientific literature published in online journals frequently violate CVA guidelines, which make understanding information for readers with CVD much more difficult. Indeed, this lack of CVA regulation in scientific research publications brings to question the causes for this issue. Thus far, we have conducted an initial screening of published papers from the University of Southern California Biomedical Engineering Department and found that over 60% of papers contain violations in CVA. Moreover, we discovered that over 70% of the journals these papers are published in have no mention of CVA in their rules for proper manuscript submission. Therefore, in this research project, we aim to shed light on the CVA issues within scientific research publications in order to make scientific literature more accessible to readers with CVD.