Fun with lines

July 11, 2007 at 2:40 pm | | crazy figure contest, literature

Found this figure on the JACS online front-end graphic in this month’s edition.

They drew a line through 2 points, and missed one of the points in the process. Having never actually collected data to publish, I’m a little mystified by these graphics, since they aren’t from the paper. I’m sure in some context it would make sense, but I’m going to go ahead and just assume they haven’t pulled out the ol’ bore sighter for their fitting software in a while.

While we’re on the subject, do you submit these graphics in addition to your manuscript? I recall one graphic that looked like it was drawn on a piece of notebook paper a while ago.


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  1. kendall, that is awesomely funny.
    looking at the paper figures, i actually think that this plot is just part of a larger plot (with more data)—see figure 1B. but i’m really not sure why they chose to show that silly plot on their abstract.
    awesomely funny.

    Comment by sam — July 11, 2007 #

  2. and yes, for letters, i think the authors get to choose the abstract figure. i always like the ones that make the results look wicked rad, then to find out that it’s a super boring paper.

    Comment by sam — July 11, 2007 #

  3. yea, when we submitted some papers to ACS, they came back and asked for a TOC figure. I recall reading in C&E News that this is partially being done to defray the perceived “advantage” enjoyed by authors that make the cover. FYI, papers that make the cover are rarely “better” then others in that issue. I know that PNAS solicits covers from all accepted publications and picks the most visually arresting one.

    Nothing to do with science at all!

    Funny how that works

    Comment by ilya — July 11, 2007 #

  4. Also concur with ilya — we had a JACS paper (full article) published this year and had to submit a Table of Contents figure to go with it. It ended up being a tiny version of two “main point” figures from the article. Which, yanno, MAKES SENSE?

    Comment by sarah — July 13, 2007 #

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