The Annals of Surgery, the world most referenced surgery journal, is now working with visual abstracts to make scientific information more accessible!
Researchers that have already submitted papers to the Annals of Surgery will be able to built visual abstracts about their researches and add to previous published studies.
“As the Creative Director at Annals of Surgery, I have been working on better means to disseminate research. One approach is to visually summarize key points from the article in a “visual abstract.” Some examples can be seen below as well as on Twitter by following the hashtag #VisualAbstract.” Andrew M. Ibrahim
However, since most scientists still don’t know how to produce visual information, the journal provided an amazing guide explaining how to create visual abstracts.
In it, there are basic rules about the type of information you should be looking for and putting together to build the visual abstract.
It is interesting to point out the “Making it visual” session of the guide.
Scientific illustrations that portray faithfully real study objects are very difficult to find. Most time, we need the help from a designer to get the illustrations we need. And even when we do find them, we must worry about its “visual style” and copyright issues.
If this is one of your biggest struggle when trying to build a visual abstract, you can just use the illustrations available at Mind the Graph platform!
Indeed, journals are getting aware of the importance of visual communication in science and it is very important to see big journals such as the Annals of Surgery promoting it.
To read more about how to improve science communication with your research, click on the links below!
- Graphical abstract: The extra mile
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