Illustrations should be suitable for black and white reproduction. When your article has been accepted for publication, images should be supplied separately from the text of the article, i.e. not embedded into Word files.
Reference copies of all illustrations should be supplied (the images imbedded in the Word file is acceptable for this).
Illustrations created on a computer i.e. graphs maps and figures, should be supplied as one of the following:
- pdf or eps format with all fonts fully embedded
- tif files at 300dpi
For files created in a spreadsheet, the spreadsheet file with all source data accessed locally should be supplied, i.e. not referencing data from files that have not been sent. Graphs should have the figure number and caption as the graph title to avoid any confusion and any key/legend information should be placed at the bottom of the graph.
Graphs will be modified to journal standard format for print compatibility with regard to thickness of axes lines and line and data point size/type. Graph font and size will be modified to output approximately 10 pt on reduction.
Specifically for Microsoft Excel files journal standard format is:
- graphs are not to have plot area shading or lines across the plot area
- axes lines should be the .5pt, tick lines should be to the outside
- for line graphs the graph lines should be the .5pt and should be solid and data points should be 5 points in size and use the square, triangle, circle, diamond and then cross symbols (all to be filled not used as outlines)
- for scatter graphs data points should be 5 points in size
- for bar graphs use only greys for the fill colours
If there is any doubt contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the publishers for clarification.
Pictorial illustrations wherever possible should be originals. Digitally supplied files should be 300dpi tif or high resolution jpeg files at the size of final reproduction (16cm wide), but do not increase image sizes artificially as this can produce unusable files. If files are larger than this leave them at the larger size: do not reduce them. If there is any doubt send a sample to or contact email@example.com at the publishers for clarification.
If the publication is to have colour images/illustrations, treat them exactly the same as above but supply at 400dpi.