Easy Article Figures Encapsulating original data and processing steps.

Abstract

In this paper, we present a new ImageJ plugin dedicated to scientific article figures preparation.

Figures are crucial components of research communications. Beyond the field of life sciences, the data presented in figures is displayed to visually support and summarize the findings discussed in the article text. The motivation for including images resides in the strength of the visual perception. Building a convincing figure is a demanding task that covers very different steps ranging from figure content acquisition to figure assembly in an image editing software. Notions of image processing are often required when it comes to even simple tasks such as cropping or resizing images and assembling them in a single figure of a unique resolution.

Scientific images are typically well handeled in dedicated software suites but very poorly supported in software used for laying out the final version of a figure for submission to peer review process.

The proposed new software tries and make the figure creation process easier for the end-user:

The focus is given on image data, but examples are provided on how to include other types of panel data, like high quality plots from the R statistical package or from MS-Excel, or 3D molecular visualizations from PyMOL.

In preliminary tests, complex figures creation time shifts from hours to minutes.

Keywords

article figures, metadata, processing history

Administrative data

Presenting author: Jerome Mutterer
Organisation: CNRS

co-authors: Edda Zinck