Another important factor: figure and table legends must be self-explanatory (Figure 2).When presenting your tables and figures, appearances count!Use sub-headings to keep results of the same type together, which is easier to review and read.
Editor’s note: This 2014 post conveys the advice of a researcher sharing his experience and does not represent Elsevier’s policy.
However, in response to your feedback, we worked with him to update this post so it reflects our practices.
Angel Borja is Head of Projects at AZTI-Tecnalia, a research center in the Basque Country in Spain specializing in marine research and food technologies.
Formerly he was also Head of the Department of Oceanography and Head of the Marine Management Area.
This is because it is the most important section of your article. Take into account that a huge numbers of manuscripts are rejected because the Discussion is weak.
You need to make the Discussion corresponding to the Results, but do not reiterate the results.
Lines joining data only can be used when presenting time series or consecutive samples data (e.g., in a transect from coast to offshore in Figure 5).
However, when there is no connection between samples or there is not a gradient, you must use histograms (Figure 5). You must take this into account, or they may be illegible to readers (Figure 6).
To this end: If you are using photographs, each must have a scale marker, or scale bar, of professional quality in one corner.
In photographs and figures, use color only when necessary when submitting to a print publication.