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This collection features helpful posts on a wide range of topics, from academic writing and reviewing to data visualisation and statistical analysis.

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See for yourCelLf

Posted by , on 18 August 2017

See for yourCelLf “Forget the textbook picture” is what I proclaim when I teach master students in a course on Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy. Although the textbook is a …
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Scales in scientific images

Posted by , on 6 August 2017

I recently saw drawings by Maria Sybilla Merian at Kupferstichkabinett Berlin and the University Library Dresden. Merian, who lived from 1647 to 1717, is renowned for her exceptional illustrations of …

Color-blind people are your audience too!

Posted by , on 27 April 2017

Or, please stop mixing green/red Color is a key aspect of graphic design, but for many years was not relevant for scientific figures that were largely black and white. Falling …

Leaving the bar in five steps

Posted by , on 24 March 2017

Introduction Graphs (or charts or plots) are often used for the display and summary of data. They are essential tools for the communication of results in presentations or manuscripts. One …

#BarBarPlots!

Posted by , on 31 August 2016

(or: how to avoid misleading representations of statistical data)   Recently, a kickstarter project raised more than 3000€ in one month to campaign for banning the wrong usage of bar …

How to make colour blind friendly palettes, from regular contributor Jochim Goedhart.

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Updated on 16 March 2021