Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness

Image of JVIB CoverAs an AER benefit, members receive a subscription to the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), the international peer-reviewed journal of record in the blindness field and the official journal of AER. JVIB is published by the American Foundation for the Blind six times a year. All membership categories except for Associate members qualify for the subscription.

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Why you should be reading JVIB?

As the leading international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment, JVIB gives you the information you need to stay current on news, trends, research developments, best practices, and critical issues. JVIB publishes a wide range of peer-reviewed articles on research and practice in visual impairment and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, airing of controversies, and discussion of relevant issues. More of the low vision literature today is published in JVIB than in any other journal.

Get New Information on Practice
The “Practice Perspectives” column appears several times a year and highlights professional practice issues and concerns and the techniques and strategies used by practitioners throughout the field.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my subscription include?
AER members (except those in the Associate Member category) receive Individual Premium Subscriptions to JVIB as part of their membership benefit. Premium subscriptions include:

Access to all the formats in which JVIB is published, including HTML(online), ASCII, and braille-ready (BRF) files, PDF files, and e-book formats as well–ePub for iPads, Nooks, smartphones, and most other e-readers, and Mobi for Kindle devices

Access to all JVIB issues back to 1907

The ability to comment on JVIB articles and converse online with authors and other readers

The option to receive e-mail alerts concerning their designated areas of interest.

How can I access my JVIB subscription?
Go to AER’s website ( and login with your user name and password to access the members only area of the site. Select Resources, then Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. Then select the JVIB link to be directed to the Journal’s site.

Whom do I contact if I have any difficulties, need help, or forget my username or password?
For questions about your JVIB subscription and your AER membership benefits, please contact the AER central office at

I’m visually impaired. Will I be able to access my JVIB subscription?
Yes! JVIB online and all its contents are designed to be fully accessible–including the PDF and e-book versions of the journal. A rule of thumb regarding JVIB electronic formats is…if your device is accessible, you can access JVIB.

I’m a braille reader. Will I be able to read my JVIB subscription in braille without having to transcribe it myself?
Yes! Every issue of JVIB is prepared in a web-optimized braille-ready format. BRF files are included as part of your membership subscription.

Are there other ways that I can read JVIB besides on my computer? What are my options for accessing my JVIB subscription?
JVIB can be read on a variety of mobile devices, not just a desktop or laptop computer. You can read the journal on your e-reader, smartphone, or assistive technology device. Reading the journal as an e-book on your e-reader is very similar to the experience of reading a print issue of JVIB. You can also download the BRF files to your notetaker if you use one and read JVIB on the go. There are also print options. Simply log in when a new issue of the journal is posted and download an all-in-one PDF file. You can then print the file and read it at your convenience.

How will I know when a new issue of JVIB has been posted or released online?
AER sends an e-mail notice to members when a new issue is posted.

What’s the schedule?
The journal is published six times a year.

I’d like to submit my original research and practice to the journal for peer review and possible publication. How do I do that?
Manuscripts can be submitted to the journal’s editors at

What devices can I use to read JVIB?
Your JVIB subscription is available in a variety of formats: Online and in e-book, ASCII, and braille-ready files. The journal is stored in the cloud, and therefore can be read with any Internet browser. You can read it on your computer, or on any mobile device that connects to the Internet, such as an Internet-enabled smartphone or tablet.

JVIB e-book and other files can be downloaded onto your personal e-reading device or your computer. The journal’s e-book files in ePUB file format are used by almost all e-readers, including Apple iOS devices (such as the iPad, iTouch, or iPhone), the Nook, the Sony Reader, and Kobo readers. The JVIB e-book can also be read by a Victor Reader Stream with a SoftPak update and by Adobe Digital Editions software on your computer or laptop. JVIB’s e-book files in Mobi format are for readers who use Kindle devices. Mobi files can also be read using Kindle for PC software.

ASCII is a plain text format that can be downloaded onto any device that reads text, including devices using screen-reading software. JVIB’s text-only files contain narrative descriptions of tables, figures, and photos.

BRF files are formatted to produce braille and can be downloaded onto any braille-reading device.

What if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Thank you, and enjoy your journal!