Are you using a well thought out visual strategy in your scientific papers and your research grant applications? Setting out your key concepts, results or forward plans in high impact figures, schematics and diagrams should be a major consideration when you are drafting those important papers.
Your readers will be greatly assisted in literally ‘getting the picture’ quickly; journal editors just love those exciting figures or diagrams; and grant reviewers have so many proposals to review – seeing a visual summary of your concepts helps them instantly understand what you are communicating.
‘Visual Strategies – a Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists & Engineers’ by Felice C. Frankel and Angela H. DePace is an excellent publication to help you understand the role of visual communication in science, including a range of contemporary examples. See: http://visual-strategies.org/ Highly recommended.