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The first issue of Learned Publishing in 2018 is dedicated entirely to accessibility in academic and professional publishing. This special issue is a call to action, a call to elevate the conversation about what accessible publishing is and why it matters. This issue aims to demonstrate what is possible when our products and services are fully accessible to those with physical, learning, and cognitive disabilities. Our industry is now acknowledging that accessible publishing is aligned with our core mission to broadcast research and information to all our constituents, as well as realizing that making publications accessible makes them better for everybody.
The authors in this issue share the latest thinking from the accessibility community with a series of case studies from a diverse landscape of scholarly and educational publishers. From expert opinion pieces and exclusive original analysis, the voices in this issue help us consider the information experiences of those with limitations that keep them from fully engaging in the world.