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Title: Communicating content: development and evaluation of icons for academic document triage through visualisation and perception
Authors: Mavri, Aekaterini 
Loizides, Fernando 
Zantides, Evripides 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Media and Communications
Keywords: Αcademic document triage;Icons;Ιnterface design;Perceptions;Visual representation;Visualisation
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2016
Source: Behaviour and Information Technology, 2016, vol. 35, no. 9, pp. 758-780
Volume: 35
Issue: 9
Start page: 758
End page: 780
Journal: Behaviour & Information Technology 
Abstract: This work seeks to identify key features and characteristics for the design of icons that can support the tasks of information seekers in academic document triage interfaces. Such icons are meant to act as visual links to the specific elements or sections in an academic document. We suggest that icons in triage interfaces are better able to communicate information, provide feedback and enable faster user interactions than text, particularly in mobile-based interfaces. Through investigation of visualisation and perception processes, we are able to propose five primary icon categories, the two most dominant being iconic and symbolic: iconic representations mostly apply to graphically and spatially distinct document elements (i.e. Title, Abstract, Tables and Figures), externalising the elements’ surface propositions. Symbolic representations are largely associated with elements of greater semantic value (Introduction, Conclusion, Full text and Author), drawing upon the elements’ deep propositions.
ISSN: 0144-929X
DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2016.1194478
Rights: © Taylor & Francis
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
University of Wolverhampton 
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