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Examining the interfaces to e-journal articles: what do users expect?

Dyson, M. C. and Jennings, E. M. (2014) Examining the interfaces to e-journal articles: what do users expect? In: DUXU 2014, June 2014, Creta Maris, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, pp. 164-173.

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Researchers are increasingly relying on e-journals to access literature within their fields. The design of the interfaces to these journals is determined by the individual host or publisher and there appears to be little standardization. This exploratory study samples a set of sixteen home screens of e-journals from different disciplines and identifies common features across the set. The particular wording used to identify the features and their locations are recorded. An online survey of e-journal readers investigates where users would normally expect to locate features when first accessing a journal article. Comparison of observed and expected locations confirms inconsistencies across interfaces in terminology and locations. Mental models of the interface design do not appear to be well developed. A move toward standardization, based on some existing conventions, is desirable.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:38642
Additional Information:The conference paper is published in: Design, User Experience, and Usability. User Experience Design for Everyday Life Applications and Services Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8519, 2014, pp 164-172


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