Call for papers: Universal Access in the Information Society (2001-2021): knowledge, experience, challenges and new perspectives (20th Anniversary Issue)

Aims and scope of this Special 20th Anniversary Issue

Universal access advocates the right of all citizens, regardless of age and disability, to obtain equitable access to, and maintain effective interaction with, IT resources and artefacts. In the context of universal access, design for all has been defined as a general framework catering for conscious and systematic efforts to proactively apply principles, methods, and tools to develop IT products and services accessible and usable by all citizens, thus avoiding the need for a posteriori adaptation, or specialized design. Indicative of the importance and interest that this area has received is the number of relevant terms and approaches used to describe the notion of proactive solutions to accessibility, including inclusive design, barrier-free design, universal design, and accessible design.

Two decades later, in view of the emergence of intelligent ecosystems supporting human-technology symbiosis, several questions arise from the point of view of Universal Access. Have Universal Access approaches been fruitful? How can the knowledge and experience acquired from such approaches be applied to the new technological environments? What are the promises and challenges that intelligent technological ecosystems bring with regard to universal access?

This Special Issue, celebrating the 20 years of the UAIS Journal, aims to provide insights into these inquiries, by soliciting papers which consolidate current knowledge and experience on Universal Access and propose new perspectives and approaches for the near and the longer term future.

Main topics

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Adoption of Universal Access approaches and methods
  • Universal Access in Human-Environment Interaction
  • Human-Technology Symbiosis and Universal Access
  • AI methods and tools for Universal Access
  • Ethics, Privacy and Security in Universal Access
  • Universal Access and Aging
  • Universal Access for Wellbeing, Health and Eudaimonia
  • Universal Access for Learning and Creativity
  • Universal Access for Social Organization and Democracy

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts:   31st May 2020
Deadline for submission of papers:      31st August 2020
Notification of acceptance:                   31st December 2020
Deadline for submission of accepted papers: 28th February 2021

Reviewing process

All papers will be peer reviewed by two reviewers, experts in the field, appointed by Editors-in-Chief of the Journal.

Submission guidelines

Submissions should be prepared according to the author instructions available at the journal homepage, Typical length of a manuscript is 20-30 pages.

Prior to sending full submissions, it is highly recommended to query the appropriateness of submissions by sending a 100-200 words abstract to the Editors-in-Chief, and

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Springer Editorial Management System available at  

Please select the Special Issue ‘UAIS 20th Anniversary Issue’ during the submission step 'Additional Information'.

About the UAIS Journal

Since 2001, the UAIS Journal published by Springer has provided an archival publication channel for the discussion and advancement of theoretical and practical aspects of universal access in the information society. This journal addresses the accessibility, usability, and, ultimately, acceptability of Information Society Technologies by anyone, anywhere, at any time, and through any media and device. The journal focuses on theoretical, methodological, and empirical research, of both a technological and non-technological nature, that addresses equitable access and active participation of potentially all citizens in the information society, featuring papers that report on theories, methods, tools, empirical results, reviews, case studies, and best-practice examples.

For further information, please, refer to the "Aims and scope" section on the Website of the UAIS Journal (