Usability Testing on OJS 3.1

December 21st, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Usability Testing on OJS 3.1

We’ve just wrapped up another usability testing round that put some of the new OJS 3.1 features through their paces.

We focused on the new way of listing in-progress journal submissions, including some filtering, colour coding, and iconography, as well as the new menu configuration tool.



The submission list did very well, with the changes consistently helping testers find submissions in different scenarios quickly and easily.

Tests of the menu configuration tool were a little rougher, with users running into problems with creating new pages, creating new menu items, and placing them on the menu.

Of course, these are exactly the kinds of issues we went looking for, and are already identifying possible solutions and starting to file them in git for improvement in the next release of OJS.

By undercovering these usability “bumps” early, we’re hoping to save our users a lot of headaches in the future!

Special thanks again to all of the generous volunteers who took time out of their busy day to help us, and of course, to Sonya Betz of the University of Alberta Libraries for so masterfully organizing and conducting these sessions. We couldn’t do this without all of you!

If there is some part of OJS 3 you’d like to see undergo some testing, please let us know.

And if you’d like to participate as a tester, drop us a note and we’ll follow up in the new year.

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