5 results for month: 08/2016

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 documents we submit might not be proofread and at first sight look chaotic. Even more ...

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 figures and graphical abstracts before using third-party content. Some journals, ...

What is Effective Communication?

Communication, spontaneous and strategic Communication is all around us. It is the process of exchanging information or ideas between individuals or groups. The purpose of communication is to share information and coordinate actions in order to achieve a common goal or understanding. But what contributes to making the communication effective? Is there any way for us to become more effective communicators? (more…)

How to Create an Effective Graphical Abstract • Guide

What is a graphical abstract? A graphical abstract (also called 'visual TOC' or 'TOC figure' or 'visual abstract') is a figure that succinctly visually conveys what your research is about. They have been a part of scientific publications for decades in some research fields (e.g. chemistry) but have only recently penetrated other research fields. As there is not a lot of literature on graphical abstracts, I'll share some of my findings from analyzing thousands of graphical abstracts from different journals. (more…)

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…)