What is it about?

We compiled ten easy tips that help researchers to design understandable and appealing visual summary pictures, also known as Graphical Abstracts or Striking images. The tips include all aspects of a Graphical Abstract, from defining message, finding and selecting key images and icons, designing a color scheme and layout, to a summary of current tools.

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Why is it important?

Each year >1 million research articles appear in biology and medicine. To help audiences navigate this vast content, researchers increasingly use pictures that summarize their scientific insight. Our article helps all researchers navigate the world of scientific communication, in particular visual communication.


I teach and consult researchers on all aspects of data visualizations. In recent years we have seen a surge in journals requesting Graphical Abstracts for manuscript and at the same time an expansion of the tools available to scientists for creating Graphical Abstracts. However, what is lacking is training in a few fundamentals of visual communication. I have in this short perspective summarized a few key points that will enable most researchers to design better Graphical Abstracts themselves and hopefully find joy in this task.

Helena Jambor
Technische Universitat Dresden

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This page is a summary of: Ten simple rules for designing graphical abstracts, PLoS Computational Biology, February 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011789.
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