Graphical abstract: The extra mile

Graphical abstract: The extra mile

The academic life requires a good domain of writing a paper. However, the scientific life outside the laboratory demands more than that. It demands getting updated to new techniques and tools. On that matter, there is an new and trending expression poping out: graphical abstract.

Especially for life and health sciences, scientific infographics have been a good accomplice to communicate new findings and relevant information. On the other hand, other sciences are only now finding out the benefits of using visual stimuli to reach different and bigger audiences.

Around the world, many journals are already adapting their content to this new graphical abstrac format. Instead of having Google Images or pictures to represent researches, scientific illustration are taking place and building up self-explanatory diagrams.graphical abstractThe Scientist is a magazine for life science professionals in which you may find a big variety of studies and get updated on new discoveries. The most outstading fact about The Scientist is that it describes itself as concise, accurate, accessible and entertaining. Pretty much how science itself should be.

But why talk about The Scientist magazine? Well, because not only they take science to a new level, but also, they do it using graphical abstracts.
With a quick look, we can get ideas for information flows and build our own graphical abstract.

Let’s check it out:


Two lateral areas with relevant illustration point out specific sets of the study and an assisting text box each; one middle area with a contextual image and an introdutory text box.


One central image on the top presensing a flow of information and two assisting text boxes bellow.


One introdutory text box on the top; one detailed image with small assisting text boxes in the middle; and one contextual image on the bottom with extra information.

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Fabricio Pamplona is the founder of Mind the Graph - a tool used by over 400K users in 60 countries. He has a Ph.D. and solid scientific background in Psychopharmacology and experience as a Guest Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (Germany) and Researcher in D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR, Brazil). Fabricio holds over 2500 citations in Google Scholar. He has 10 years of experience in small innovative businesses, with relevant experience in product design and innovation management. Connect with him on LinkedIn - Fabricio Pamplona.