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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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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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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