Article Abstract

Preparing better graphs

Authors: Laura King

Abstract

Graphs have been used to report scienti c data for centuries; however, creating effective graphs can prove challenging. Given the importance of reporting data effectively, it is worth your time to learn how to do so. This article describes the components of graphs, discusses general considerations in preparing graphs and graph selection, and addresses the most common problems in graphs. Because graphs are the most effective means of visually summarizing and highlighting a study’s ndings, pro ciency in designing and creating graphs is crucial to effectively communicating the message of your work.