How To Create Captivating Illustrations In Your Research Manuscript?

Learn how to use effective figures, diagrams and other graphics to showcase your scientific data with this comprehensive program.

What will you learn?

  1. The role of visuals in scientific writing
  2. Methods used for visual representation of data
  3. How and when to use illustrations to represent data
  4. The most commonly used types of diagrams
  5. Designing clear visual structures for your research
  6. Tips to choose and create the right visual format for your data


Course Description

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true when it comes to scientific research. In fact, illustrations are a great way to consolidate data and explain complex concepts in an attractive and easy-to-understand manner. However, translating these technical concepts into illustrations can be a tricky task for most authors.

This comprehensive program will introduce you to the different types of illustrations commonly used in science writing, along with clear and concise guidelines on when and how to create each type of illustration. You will also learn how and when to use photographs, renderings, line drawings, infographics, symbols, icons, maps, legends, collages, and diagrams in your research paper. Simplify your technical writing through well-planned visuals and expand your readership with this program that ensures you understand and apply the best practices to create attractive visuals for your research paper.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives of the course
  3. Slides to computer presentations
  4. Importance of illustrations
  5. Types of illustrations
  6. Symbols and graphics
  7. All about figures
  8. An overview of diagrams
  9. How links work
  10. Common types of diagrams
  11. Numbering illustrations
  12. Effective visuals
  13. Summary
  14. Check your understanding


Course Narrator:

Dr. Jacob D. Wickham, Academic Trainer

Dr. Jacob Wickham, Managing Editor of the journal Integrative Zoology, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Zoology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Entomology in Rutgers University. An award-winning and celebrated zoologist, Dr. Wickham has over 15 years of experience in academic publishing and had published several papers in high impact journals. Dr. Wickham has gained a lot of valuable experience in research and journal publishing over the years and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with researchers to help them in their publication journey.


Your Instructor


R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


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