Are there any academic papers (thesis, dissertations, etc.) that discusses topics about User Interfaces? Best if you post links.

I am just curious if such topics are accepted for research...

  • I am overwhelmed with your answers, thanks guys! =)
    – Rek
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 3:07
  • Come and tell us when you have read all of that, and will find some more. And yes, I am researching in HCI at the moment. Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 17:09
  • anything from sigchi and cscw (acm special interest groups should have some good results) Commented May 9, 2013 at 21:55

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Indeed, lots of research has been done on User Interfaces. Try and search the ACM Digital Library for terms like "GOMS", "Heuristics", "Fitts's Law", "Cognitive Walkthrough", "Consistency", "HCI", "modes", "prototypes" ... and "User Interface".

The research discipline is so extensive that I think you need to specify your question in order to get relevant links.

(And then there's the entire User Experience discipline with terms like "desirability", "emotions" etc.)


At the BCS HCI / Interaction Specialist group, you can look at the past 13years of quarterlys for free http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/36812

The HCI Bibliography http://www.hcibib.org/


There also many gems in Nielsen's Alertbox:



Look at the CHI conference proceedings over the last 30 odd years (:


Here you can find all usability guidelines: (reliable resource, but not the freshest studies) http://www.usability.gov/guidelines/


You can also checkout individual academic professor's websites, such as B.J. Fogg, who is a professor of persuasive design at Stanford University. http://www.bjfogg.com/


Usability Professionals' Association publications: http://www.upassoc.org/upa_publications/index.html

  • Ugh why is their site so ugly though? Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 12:58
  • Yeah, it looks rather dated and doesn't communicate ease of use... And why is uxmatters.com so purple??? :)
    – agib
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 13:26

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