#1: Our guidelines to beautiful, high-quality figures
You may have heard: JCB has high image standards. Part of JCB’s and many other journals’ routine production process involves screening all editorially accepted manuscripts to confirm that images are of sufficiently high resolution for publication and to ensure that they have not been over-adjusted or manipulated in any way that could impact the conclusions of the work. Sometimes, figures fail this screening, or, more often, are not of sufficient quality to allow this screening process. But what are these researchers doing wrong? Not that much, actually. It turns out that, in the vast majority of cases, a few simple fixes can make a figure JCB-ready. It doesn’t take much time or effort, but it does require that you know a few golden rules about quality image preparation. As scientific editors at Rockefeller University Press journals, we work every day with our production editors to move manuscripts through this screening, and in this series, we’ll share with you what you need to know about image data acquisition and storage, as well as figure preparation. We hope it will be useful if you wish to submit your work to a journal that screens figures or if you just want to learn more about the process and earn bragging rights.
Below are all tips published in this series: