Infographics are everywhere. Some of them are spectacular making us question ourselves how they were made.
Undoubtedly making good infographics is no easy task. You must have a clear and simplified idea of the subject. Even if you follow all rules of data visualization and look for hundreds infographic tutorials, practicing is the only way to perfection.
However, as scientists, we are not aiming here to be a perfect art designer. Our job is to communicate our findings. If we have trouble doing that (and we do) then we have a problem.
Ok, first things first. What does it mean to have a good communication in the scientific world?
Let’s take a look at scientific infographics. Or in this case, a graphical abstract:
It looks pretty simple right? That’s because it is supposed to be simple.
It can be a bit surprising but this graphical abstract was published on Nature!
What does that tell us? That even Nature doesn’t want you to be the best graphic designer in the world. What they want is a graphical material supporting the text.
Here are a couple of questions you can ask yourself:
- What is my research about?
- What are my main findings?
- How are my findings connected with the references I used?
In other words, do you understand your own work?
If your answer is yes, you have no excuse not to use a graphical abstract maker. Even though you may understand your research perfectly, it is your job to help other people to understand it.
If your answer is no, I’m sorry to tell you that you will have trouble writing your paper from abstract to acknowledgments. In this case, a graphical abstract maker could help you feel more confident and in control of your work. And I strongly recommend you to do so!
You don’t need to make a perfect graphical abstract. No one will demand that from you, not even the best scientific journals in the world.
All you have to do is find a way to simplify and communicate better your main findings.
You have all reasons to use a graphical abstract maker. Why not start now?
Also published on Medium.