One well drawn graph or diagram can speak volumes about the way an experiment was carried out, how the data were analysed, or sample identity and size. A poorly thought-out figure on the other hand can confuse and mislead – and more fundamentally, can expose poor study design.
In a new editorial series, the editors of BMC Biology explore how figures and illustrations can mislead, or obscure information.
A separate blog on this topic can be found here.
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