A graphical abstract is a single, concise visual summary of the main findings of the article. Graphical abstracts appear on the first page of the article. In addition, if selected, they can be used to promote articles on the journals' social media feed (Twitter and Facebook), and the journals' homepage.
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Please download and use our PowerPoint template to assist in the creation of your graphical abstract. The template file is the proper size and contains the required font style and size, plus other stylistic elements to ensure a clean and uniform look to your abstract.
The editorial office is not able to provide graphics support at this time. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use any images that they include from outside sources, including articles, web pages, stock photo sites or Google image searches. Any needed permissions must be submitted along with your graphical abstract or identified in the Acknowledgements section of your manuscript.
Image size: minimum of 2 inches high by 5 inches wide at 300 ppi. Larger images are allowed, but please use the same ratio (2 high × 5 wide). Please note that your image will be scaled proportionally to fit in a 2 × 5 rectangle.
Font: sans-serif (such as Arial or Helvetica) only.
File type: preferred file types are TIFF, EPS, PDF or PowerPoint.
No additional text, outline or synopsis can be included. Any text or label must be part of the image file. Please do not use unnecessary white space or a heading "Graphical Abstract" within the image file.
The use of color is encouraged; however graphical abstracts are subject to the same color figure charges as the rest of your article. If you do not wish to have your graphical abstract printed in color, please provide two versions-one in color for online publication only and one in black and white/grayscale for publication in print.