The main aim of this thesis is the proposal of a model for the inclusion of accessibility criteria in the publishing workflow for visual content, especially in the biomedical field. The proposal will consist in the definition of guidelines to grant the inclusion of accessible criteria within images in the process of publication on more traditional or new publishing models. Specific Objectives
- To assess the current status of accessibility of visual content in highly-cited biomedical journals: review of the practices, guidelines and policies for the submission of visual content.
- To review the main theoretical models of description of images from an interdisciplinary approach.
- To study the process of creation and description of medical images by the point of view of the researchers, considered as authors of scientific articles.
- To study the process of searching and retrieval of medical images by the point of view of the researchers, considered as readers of scientific articles.
- To propose a model for:
- The description / representation of medical images addressed to authors: guidelines for the inclusion of a caption or metadata, hints to aspects to take into account in the creation of the description.
- The inclusion of the image in the scientific publishing workflow: actors, methods and techniques to ensure the accessibility of the visual content.
- To test and validate the proposal by experimental investigation with the authors of biomedical articles (questionnaires and interviews) and experimental research with the users (blind researchers, researchers in general, readers in general) by user tests.