Examining the Interfaces to E-journal Articles: What Do Users Expect?

  • Mary C. Dyson
  • Elizabeth M. Jennings
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8519)


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.


conventions standardization screen layout 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Dyson
    • 1
  • Elizabeth M. Jennings
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Typography & Graphic CommunicationUniversity of ReadingUK

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