Tutorial: How to create a graphical abstract for Elsevier

Many scientific journals are asking for graphical abstracts to publish an article. A graphical abstract helps the reader to understand the main information at the first glance. Different journals have different rules for the graphical abstract and this can make the publication process even harder. So, to help you in this process, I’ve made a tutorial on how to make a graphical abstract for Elsevier.

A summary of what is expected of a graphical abstract: “A Graphical Abstract should allow readers to quickly gain an understanding of the main take-home message of the paper and is intended to encourage browsing, promote interdisciplinary scholarship, and help readers identify more quickly which papers are most relevant to their research interests.
Authors must provide an image that clearly represents the work described in the paper. A key figure from the original paper, summarising the content can also be submitted as a graphical abstract.”

You can find the instructions in the Elsevier site. However, we organize the information in video format to be more didactic. Feel free to watch the video and send me your feedback.

Creating a graphical abstract using Mind the Graph

In our platform you will find all the necessary tools to create your graphical abstract. In this video you can see step by step how to create your own graphical abstract for elsevier:


Instructions to create a graphical abstract for Elsevier:

A Graphical Abstract should be a one-image file and should visualize one process or make one point clear. For ease of browsing, the Graphical Abstract should have a clear start and end, preferably “reading” from top to bottom or left to right. Try to reduce distracting and cluttering elements as much as possible.

Image size: Please provide an image with a minimum of 531 x 1328 pixels (hxw) using a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. If you are submitting a larger image then please use the same ratio (200 high x 500 wide). Please note that your image will be scaled proportionally to fit in the available window on ScienceDirect; a 500 by 200 pixel rectangle.

Font: Please use Times, Arial, Courier or Symbol font with a large enough font size as the image will be reduced in size for the Table of Contents to fit a window of 200 pixels high.

File type: preferred file types are TIFF, EPS, PDF or MS Office files.

No additional text, outline or synopsis should be included. Any text or label must be part of the image file. Please do not use unnecessary white space or a heading “Graphical Abstract” within the image file.

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