Recently, ReadyToPub and Mind the Graph, advanced with the inclusion of the platform Mind the Graph in the Scientific Writing Workshops promoted by ReadyToPub. The ReadyToPub Workshops goal is to call the attention and encourage mainly MSc and PhD students to think “out of the box” and prepare their scientific outputs to present a scientific publication. During the Workshop, with an approximate duration of 6 hours, the participants are presented with all aspects of a scientific paper:
- How to select the most appropriate journal?
- How to write a cover letter?
- How to present the results (figures vs. tables)?
- How to answer to reviewers critics, tips to write each section of the document
…among other scientific aspects.
During the workshop several practical exercises are carried out by the participants. One of them is “how to make a good looking, professional, and appellative graphical abstract?”. The answer is easy “by using the Mind the Graph platform”. During the Workshop the participants are presented with a summary of the main results achieved in one scientific publication or with fictitious facts and numbers. Their task is to use the Mind the Graph platform in situ to develop a Graphical Abstract according to the data provided. The experience so far has retrieved excellent results, the environment in the room is excellent with the participants discussing with each other which is the best illustration to use and the best approach to obtain a good looking Graphical Abstract. The participants explore the platform and perform their own perspective of what they perceived from the provided data and create their own Graphical Abstracts.
Real testimonials from the participants:
G.J. Hernandez wrote: “In general the platform is very complete, I believe if I increase my volume of scientific publications I’ll use the platform in order to get a better and wider graphics options and to improve the visual aspects of my publications” (student from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain).
Malleck wrote: “It is a platform very simple and very practical to use for the design of graphical abstracts” (student in the University of Avignon performing research in the UMR408 of the INRA PACA, France).
To the question “What helped you more in the Workshop?”, A. Leca answered: “The practical exercise to perform Graphical Abstracts” (Researcher at theUMR408 of the INRA PACA, France).
Currently, several scientific journals are adopting the inclusion of Graphical Abstracts in their papers. However the common researcher doesn’t have the skills, the time, or the online resources to transform their data into something visual. The participants of our Workshop saw that is very easy to develop a full professional Graphical Abstract without using images available online that are difficult to assemble with each other to make a good Graphical Abstract. Mind the Graph clearly give the user a user-friendly platform with a wide variety of illustrations from different scientific areas, with the possibility to demand specific illustrations according to the user needs.
Thanks to Mind the Graph the Scientific Writing Workshops from ReadyToPub included a new practical exercise that stimulates the creative scientific mind of students and researchers. In addition, Mind the Graph facilitated the access to high quality illustrations to catch the readers attention to scientific information.
Why science shouldn’t be beautiful?
The Team ReadyToPub