Humans Are Visual Creatures

Here we gathered some interesting facts to emphasize why using visual aids in scientific communication is so important. (more…)

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The »7 C’s of Effective Communication« Applied to Science

The concept of »7 C’s of Effective Communication« first appeared in business, where time is precious and there is no room for mistakes done out of misinformation. The »7 C's« stand for seven essential principles of communication starting with the letter C. Each one represents a requirement that the message should meet to be effective. Applying these principles to your communication ensures that your message will be in sync with the recipient's understanding and free from ballast. (more…)

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The Importance of Good Visual Design in Horizon 2020 Grant Proposals

Horizon 2020 H2020 is European Union's Research and Innovation programme, a financial instrument with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The best-known H2020 sections are: European Research Council (ERC) grants, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) funds, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) funding instrument, Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot. When writing Horizon 2020 grant proposals, we are usually in a hurry to finish before the deadline. This is why many ...

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5 Websites with Free Science Art and Photos

Did you know that you can get professional clipart images and stock photos to use free of charge in your research papers, posters and PowerPoint presentations? Even if it is in restricted-access papers that could be interpreted as commercial use? Below we present a selection of free image repositories with scientifically-appropriate content, which is especially convenient to use in graphical abstracts. We added notes on the terms and conditions of use, so that you can be confident you're using the material in the right way. However, always check the journal's policy on ...

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What is Effective Communication?

Every time you want to communicate meaningfully, you should first consider the two important elements: the audience and the goal. You should clearly define both within the context of your communication. The reason is that different audiences require different approaches in order to get them to the desired goals. (more…)

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How to Create an Effective Graphical Abstract • Guide

The goal of this post is to familiarize you with the essential concepts we teach in our Seyens Workshops which are crucial for creating effective graphical abstracts. We will address: some essential concepts and terminology, the process we use to create graphical abstracts for our clients. (more…)

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7 Graphical Abstracts You Could Make With PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most used computer programs among scientists, so it's probably not far from the truth to say it's also the most used program for creating graphical abstracts. From the 2007 edition onwards, it comes with a rich array of drawing and design tools that can be easily accessed from the Insert and Format tabs. Below we're presenting a selection of graphical abstracts that could have been created with PowerPoint. (more…)

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Which Software Can I Use to Create Graphical Abstracts?

You can create graphical abstracts with various kinds of software, depending on your needs. Some programs are simple to use and you are probably familiar with them already. Others need some time and effort to learn, but provide much more drawing tools. Here we prepared some tips to help you choose the software that will work best for you. Also check our next post for general guidelines on creating good graphical abstracts. The programs below are listed according to their accessibility and simplicity of use. Microsoft Paint Paint comes ...

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How Scientists Read Research Papers

If you are a scientist, a large part of your career success depends on whether your research will be published, cited, and your project/grant proposals funded. As you’ve most probably already realized, even the most groundbreaking results will be neglected and often missed by the community if they are not effectively communicated. However, to effectively communicate, we should first understand the audience and how they consume information. The aim of this post is therefore to present a perspective on how most scientists read research papers when they first encounter them ...

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5 Reasons Why Your Papers Should Have Graphical Abstracts

As you most probably know from your own experience, scientists are overwhelmed by their work. From the first day of the PhD studies, you have to constantly follow literature, do your research, and communicate through papers and conferences. Once your career advances, you will also have to apply for funding and patents, hire and manage people, teach and mentor students and so on. Therefore, when you are preparing any scientific communication, you should consider the readers: they are most probably busy, overworked and tired, just like you. The communication method you use ...

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