Before You Submit to the RULA Digital Repository
To conform to basic accessibility for all readers, including those using adaptive technology, we request that your document includes image descriptions and has “selectable” text.
- Image Descriptions: Image descriptions are textual summaries of graphic elements (photos, graphs, charts, images) that are embedded into documents. Adaptive technology applications read the descriptions when encountering a graphic element. This is especially useful for users with visual impairments
- Selectable text: Selectable text means that when you’re viewing the document in an application, you can select the text, then copy and paste it in to a new document. Non-selectable text or unrecognized text is an impediment to accessibility. It poses a problem for users of certain adaptive software such as text-to-speech applications
The Ryerson Library offers two online services to enhance the accessibility of your Digital Repository submission:
- An image description submission form to facilitate the addition of image descriptions
- An online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool which renders the text machine-readable
Please proceed through the pre-submission steps by answering the following questions.
a) Image descriptions:
Does your document contain images?
YES – Please use our image description submission form
NO – Please proceed to (b)
b) Selectable / Accessible text:
Is your document a scanned, image-based file or does it have non-selectable text?
YES – Please use our Online OCR service to rectify this
NO – An online submission form is currently being developed. In the meantime, please contact Brian Cameron to have your document included in the Digital Repository.
For more information on document accessibility please contact the Accessibility Services Librarian
a) If this is your work and unpublished, and you have cleared all third party materials:
You can submit to the RULA Digital Repository.
If this work contains third party material, please clear rights to reprint the material before you submit, or make sure you are using the material for a fair dealing purpose taking into account the six factors.
b) If this work has been previously published:
If you are uploading your past published article to RULA Digital Repository, you must first determine what permissions you may have relinquished after having signed the publisher’s copyright transfer agreement.
Some publishers will permit you to upload either your preprint, post-print, or the publisher’s pdf to an institutional repository or to your personal web page. To check copyright permissions visit
SHERPA/RoMEO. You can also write directly to the publisher for permission to upload your article.