Editor Resources

Incorporating Image Accessibility into Editorial Processes

Promote effective and accessible use of visual resources. Editorial processes and policies can be used to promote the effective and accessible use of visual resources at every stage — from manuscript submission, to editing, to peer review.

Guidelines for Describing Visual Resources in the Arts and Humanities

Promote quality description by following guidelines and reviewing examples. Experts from many fields came together to define guidelines for describing visual resources in arts and humanities publications. These guiding principles will help you approach description in your text.


Understand the technical components of visual resources in digital publications and how users with print disabilities access them. Where print works have only the text and the visual resource, digital publications have additional, hidden text associated with images and accessed via specialized technology. Understanding these technical components will help you to effectively advise on writing them.

Sample Permission Request Letter

Promote the reuse of existing professional description when possible. When advising authors on the permissions request process, you can promote access to visual resources by educating authors on description, and encouraging them to seek existing description when requesting permission to reproduce an image.