Another source of good, useful information comes from usability professionals who conduct research and publish this research on their own websites. Sometimes they publish first on their own site, and then later in a journal or in a conference proceeding. The big difference between self-publishing and publishing in a reputable journal (or at most conferences) is the peer review process. When an article is peer reviewed (or ‘refereed’), it means that before publishing, one or more experts have reviewed the research, and made critical comments with suggested changes. Keep in mind that most self-published articles have not been through a formal peer review process.
We have included a set of websites that have published useful information about developing excellent user interfaces. Some are ‘softer’ articles about what to do and not to do, while others are original research reports with insightful discussions. Finally, there are a few good sites that contain lists of articles, including abstracts, authors, titles and sources, within major categories. All of these information sources are valuable, and can be helpful in designing and developing high quality user interfaces.
Instructions: To make it more convenient for you to find the type of information you need, we have divided all of this research information into three sections: (a) articles on applying research, (b) original research and discussions on that research, and (c) long lists of relevant research articles. You can first select the section in which you are most interested, and then sort within each category. For example, you first can select the ‘Original Research and Discussions’ category, which will show you several good sources of this research. You then can click on the 'WebRank Stats: Higher (better)’ option, which will these sources by popularity, with the most popular (as determined by WebRank Stats) shown first. Select other ‘Sort By’ options to evaluate the items based on different criteria. To access any of these free options, simply click on the website’s tile.