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Developing a Graphical Abstract

Capture your reader’s attention. A graphical abstract is a visual summary of your journal article and a great way to enhance your content.

A graphical abstract is a concise, illustrative reflection of the content of your article. It should highlight the main point of your article and include a caption describing the image. The graphical abstract can be an image, a video, an audio file, or a PowerPoint file.

Your graphical abstract must undergo peer review along with the rest of your article. Be sure to upload it during article submission.

Image specifications

  • Dimensions: 660 x 295 pixels
  • File types: JPG, TIF, PNG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, PS, EPS, or BMP
  • Recommended file size: <45 KB

The graphical abstract image file will be converted to JPG format for publication. Static image files should have the file name: gagraphic, when uploaded.

Video specifications

  • Frame rate: 29.97 frames per second (FPS)
  • Resolution: 16:9 screen aspect ratio
  • File types: MP4 preferred; MOV, WMV, and AVI may be provided for conversion to MP4
  • Recommended file size: <100 MB

The video file must be accompanied by a static image that meets the image specifications above. The video file name should be: gavideo. The static file name should be: gacovergraphic, when uploaded.

Audio specifications

  • File types: MP3, AIFF, MOV (Quicktime Audio), RA (Real Audio), and WAV (Windows Audio)
  • Recommended file size: <3 MB

The audio file must be accompanied by a static image that meets the image specifications above. The audio file name should be: gaaudio. The static file name should be: gacovergraphic, when uploaded.

PowerPoint Files

Convert PowerPoint slideshows into a MOV movie file and set the time for each frame to display at approximately 3-5 seconds. Follow the video specifications above.

Graphical abstract example

Graphical abstract example. From N. Neverova et al., “Learning Human Identity From Motion Patterns,” in IEEE Access, vol. 4, pp. 1810-1820, 2016. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2016.2557846

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