Research Trends in Web Site Usability: A Systematic Review

  • Tuba UgrasEmail author
  • Sevinç Gülseçen
  • Ceren Çubukçu
  • İpek İli Erdoğmuş
  • Vala Gashi
  • Merve Bedir
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9746)


The present study aims to review systematically all the studies of web site usability conducted in the years from 2005 to 2014, in order to present the research trends in usability issues of web sites. Regarding the inclusion criteria, 199 studies in total were included in the study. The major findings include that the most frequently addressed usability issue is navigation (excluding general usability issues), most of the studies used user-based Usability Evaluation Methods (UEMs), the most frequently used user-based methods are questionnaire and usability testing, and user experience of special user groups was not taken into consideration much. This comprehensive research on the usability issues of web sites provides important implications for future research by presenting the research trends. Also, it has the importance of being a reference for the reviewing process with the analysis structure of research questions, especially with the proposed classification for UEMs.


Usability User experience Web site Systematic review Research trends Web design 



This work was supported by Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit of Istanbul University. Project number 40421.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuba Ugras
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sevinç Gülseçen
    • 2
  • Ceren Çubukçu
    • 3
  • İpek İli Erdoğmuş
    • 4
  • Vala Gashi
    • 2
  • Merve Bedir
    • 2
  1. 1.Yildiz Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Istanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Maltepe UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Kadir Has UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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