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Accessibility statement for the Library Services websites

This accessibility statement applies to the Essex Student Journal (

This website is run by the University of Essex Library Services in conjunction with Janeway: Press and Journal Management Software. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Use the website at up to 500% zoom
  • Use the website in both landscape and portrait orientation
  • Navigate the website with speech recognition
  • Navigate the website with just a keyboard
  • Access content on the website using a screen reader

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand where possible.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

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:

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 3 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with the website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of these websites. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: with the specific issues you are having and the Digital Systems and Services team will respond to your report.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulation 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The University of Essex Library Services and Janeway are committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018).

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.

Disproportionate burden

We currently have no items we would classify as a disproportionate burden. This may change as regulations and content changes, or if items are discovered that we would classify under this heading.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Live Video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The Essex Student Journal team is committed to ensuring that web content is as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. The team moderates all content on the website to ensure that it reaches the standard expected of us.

As well as this, the team will review the website, and will respond and update when regulations change and when issues are found and reported.

We will also be working with Janeway to ensure that, where possible, their system meets the standards expected by the government regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

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

This website was last tested on 2020-09-24. 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.