This week on It Figures… we are going to discuss formatting graphs. Graphs, also known as charts, may be the most commonly used feature within a figure to convey data. Sometimes I read journal articles and the only figures presented are in the form graphs. What is the purpose of a graph? Simple answer: to present numbers and suggest correlations. Why is this important? Research is more than simply presenting observations, you (may/should) need to provide support for your observations through numbers. This is why it is imperative that you design and portray your data accurately via a graph.
Next time we will look more closely at how to design graphs and I will provide a few tips on how to display your data clearly.