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Designing the electronic journal: Why bother?


Cliff McKnight


There is now an established body of research relating to user interface design. However, publishers have ignored this research on a grand scale, preferring instead to produce electronic journals which depend on existing interfaces such as Adobe Acrobat. The present paper examines the success of such interfaces in supporting common user tasks such as browsing, skimming and reading. The relative advantages of the paper and electronic formats are briefly considered and it is suggested that research into the human acceptability (as opposed to the technical feasibility) of such approaches is needed.
How to Cite: McKnight, C., 1997. Designing the electronic journal: Why bother?. Serials, 10(2), pp.184–188. DOI:
Published on 01 Jul 1997.
Peer Reviewed


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