Annoying aspects of electronic journal and book websites

Here are some things that bug me about publishers’ websites, and a list of publishers who make these errors.

(1) You find the page of an article, log in to access the article (because you’re at home not at university), but then get sent to the publisher’s main webpage, not to the article. Why?

  • Annual Reviews
  • Project Muse
  • Springer

(2) You are browsing through issues of a journal. You get to the bottom of an issue, but to click on the link to the previous or next issue, you have to scroll back up to the top of the page again. Why not have the links at the bottom of the page too?

  • Annual Reviews
  • Cambridge Journalscomputer frustration
  • Oxford Journals
  • Project Muse
  • Springer (which doesn’t even have a link at the top of the page)
  • Wiley-Blackwell

(3) You are accessing a journal from home and need a password to access it. However, the ‘website’ you’re using only remembers your institution for a week, or not at all. Why not longer?

  • Cambridge Journals
  • Springer

(4) Even finding the login page can be hard.

  • Oxford Scholarship (has ‘Sign in’ for personal users at the top, but institutional login at the side – why not put them together?)

N.B. The Elsevier (ScienceDirect) website, which isn’t mentioned above, works pretty flawlessly for me on the above criteria.

Please add more suggestions below and I’ll incorporate them in the list if I can.

[UPDATED 13 March 2015, to include Annual Reviews.]

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  1. Quite a number of these issues can be solved with a VPN. For instance the KCL one:

  2. These things shouldn’t annoy one but they do… especially the first one.


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