A Great Cities Initiative from the University of Illinois Chicago University Library, First Monday has been published the first Monday of every month since 1996.
Over 2,000 different authors have contributed 1,499 papers to 232 issues. First Monday is available for free to everyone who has access to the Internet.
According to their website:
First Monday publishes original research papers about the Internet and related technologies. Papers submitted to First Monday are examined by at least three reviewers for originality and timeliness in the context of related research.
What caught my attention was this month’s special issue focusing on disability and the Internet, with several articles discussing web accessibility.
Here’s a few of the titles:
- The challenges of Web accessibility: The technical and social aspects of a truly universal Web: an examination of technology advances since the beginning of the 21st century and the challenges still faced by people with disabilities to participate as digital citizens
- Code in action: Closing the black box of WCAG 2.0, A Latourian reading of Web accessibility: a look at the process and history of creating the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. The authors question whether WCAG 2.0 are applicable today.
- Blurred lines: Accessibility, disability, and definitional limitations: an exploration that questions the difference between accessibility and usability.
The papers are not short reads, they’re academic papers written by scholars in disability media and other related fields, based on research with references to studies, journal articles, and popular web posts.
I found the papers a great follow up to the questions raised by speakers about the future of web accessibility at last week’s Accessibility Summit conference.