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Academic Leadership Journal- Repository: Accessibility Statement

Academic Leadership Journal is committed to web accessibility for all, regardless of ability or disability. We work continually to improve the accessibility and usability of Digital Commons, informed by web accessibility standards. Accessibility is an ideal and responsibility that we share with our scholarly community. We collaborate with the administrators at EDUindex to make this website and its contents as accessible as possible. Standards Conformance Academic Leadership Journal endeavors to meet all guidelines and standards established by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at level AA conformance, and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act. These guidelines define how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities, and conformance to them improves the web's usability for all people. Digital Commons is partially compliant with WCAG 2.0 at level AA, and we make continual improvements with the aim of achieving full compliance. In certain areas, Digital Commons implements level AAA success criteria. For a detailed review of how Digital Commons conforms with WCAG 2.0 success criteria, please refer to our Voluntary Product Assessment Template (VPAT) document. This document was produced by the members of the Elsevier and bepress internal accessibility teams.

Accessibility Measures

Accessibility is a product development priority at bepress, and full standards compliance is represented on our product roadmaps. We promote awareness of accessibility principles among our employees, providing opportunities and resources for them to further develop web accessibility expertise. We maintain a dedicated internal accessibility team to evaluate, support, and improve web accessibility on our platforms. Our Consulting Services team works together with the EDUindex Scholars Repository administration to publish accessible pages and content on EDUindex Scholars Repository. We strive for open communication with our community of repository administrators on our shared challenges and successes in promoting accessible scholarship on the web.

Accessibility Features

Portable Document Format (PDF) Files Digital Commons records may include PDF files as downloadable primary full texts or supplementary content. FHSU Scholars Repository may choose to make tagged PDFs available for users of assistive technology. Document processing within Digital Commons preserves the tag structure of uploaded PDF files. Primary files may have a standard Digital Commons cover page (which contains appropriate tags) prepended to the document. FHSU Scholars Repository may choose to make PDFs with searchable text or Optical Character Recognition (OCR) available. Structural Markup Main navigation links are consistent across pages in FHSU Scholars Repository. Site structure is standardized, as all pages comprise 4 sections: A header bar that includes the main navigation A main content area A sidebar A footer When Cascading Styles Sheets (CSS) are disabled, or when using assistive technology, the 4 sections are read in the above order. Most content and features are operable using only the keyboard. Most of the content of static pages can be accessed with JavaScript disabled in the web browser.

Visual Design and Mobile Display to Enhance Accessibility

Visual Design and Mobile Display

A mobile-specific style sheet, with a smaller viewport, is applied for users loading pages on mobile devices. Pages are mostly usable when style sheets are disabled. Text has sufficient contrast (4.5:1 for small text; 3:1 for large text) with its corresponding background to be clearly legible in almost all areas of the site. Links are visually distinguished from text, and most interactive elements also have obvious visual hover and focus states.

Open Access Policy

All articles published by Academic Leadership Journal are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license. This means: everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in EDUindex journals; everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given; open access publication is supported by the authors' institutes or research funding agencies


No special permission is required to reuse all or part of article published by EDUindex, including figures and tables. For articles published under an open access Creative Common CC BY license, any part of the article may be reused without permission provided that the original article is clearly cited. Reuse of an article does not imply endorsement by the authors or EDUindex.

External Open Access Resources for Scholar to Refer for Open Access

“Academic Leadership Journal is a RoMEO green — RoMEO is a database of Publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies hosted by the University of Nottinghamexternal link Those who are new to the concept of open access might find the following websites or 'Open Access 101' video informative: Wikipedia article on 'Open Access' Peter Suber's 'Open Access Overview' Information Platform Open Access SHERPA's 'Authors and Open Access”

Meaning of Open Access In accordance with major definitions of open access in scientific literature (namely the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda declarations), Academic Leadership Journal defines open access by the following conditions: peer-reviewed literature is freely available without subscription or price barriers, literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period), and published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given. Until 2008, most articles published by Academic Leadership Journal contained the note: "© year by Academic Leadership Journal (http://www.Academic Leadership Reproduction is permitted for noncommercial purposes". During 2008, Academic Leadership Journal journals started to publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution Licenseexternal link and are now using the latest version of the CC BY license, which grants authors the most extensive rights. All articles published by Academic Leadership Journal before and during 2008 should now be considered as having been released under the post-2008 Creative Commons Attribution License. This means that all articles published in Academic Leadership Journal journals, including data, graphics, and supplements, can be linked from external sources, scanned by search engines, re-used by text mining applications or websites, blogs, etc. free of charge under the sole condition of proper accreditation of the source and original publisher. Academic Leadership Journal believes that open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results amongst scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research. Open access publishing also provides access to research results to researchers worldwide, including those from developing countries, and to an interested general public. Although Academic Leadership Journal publishes all of its journals under the open access model, we believe that open access is an enriching part of the scholarly communication process that can and should co-exist with other forms of communication and publication, such as society-based publishing and conferencing activities. Important Note: some articles (especially Reviews) may contain figures, tables or text taken from other publications, for which Academic Leadership Journal does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be re-used. Advantages of Open Access for Authors The High Availability and Visibility of our open access articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the Internet. Everyone can freely access and download the full text of all articles published with Academic Leadership Journal: readers of open access journals, i.e., mostly other researchers, do not need to pay any subscription or pay-per-view charges to read articles published by Academic Leadership Journal. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases. The Higher Citation Impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability. Open access publications are demonstrably more frequently cited [1,2]. Lower Publishing Costs: Open access publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors' institutes or research funding agencies. The cost of handling and producing an article is covered through the one-time payment of an article processing charge (APC) for each accepted article. The APCs of open access publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper earned by traditional, subscription-based publishers. Academic Leadership Journal's article processing charge (APC) is the same, irrespective of article length, because we wish to encourage publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details [3]. Faster Publication in Academic Leadership Journal's open access journals is achieved by online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in Academic Leadership Journal journals than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals are [4].

Links and Notes

Open access citation impact advantage: link. For example, a standard research paper "Shutalev, A.D.; Kishko, E.A.; Sivova, N.V.; Kuznetsov, A.Y. Molecules 1998, 3, 100-106" has been cited 51 times, the highest number among all the papers published so far by the same author. Lin, S.-K. Editorial: Non-Open Access and Its Adverse Impact on Molecules. Molecules 2007, 12, 1436-1437 (PDF format 16 K, HTML format). Recently a research paper of 30 pages has been published: Molecules 2008, 13(5), 1081-1110. Some well written papers have been peer reviewed and published in less than two weeks from manuscript submission, see e.g.: Molecules 2006, 11(4), 212-218.