All figures and images appearing in Elementa will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC-BY), which allows others to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt them provided proper attribution is given. Authors, not Elementa, retain copyright to their images.
Please take care not to submit manuscripts containing previously published figures or images unless you have obtained express, written permission from the copyright holder to republish under a CC-BY License.
Elementa publishes two broad categories of figures:
We impose no limit on the number of figures submitted, but we do require that all figures—main or supplemental—be well described. Good metadata are key to discoverability and usefulness.
Provide a separate file for every figure in your manuscript, including supplemental figures. For example, if your manuscript has 10 figures, you will need to upload 10 individual figure files.
Note: Multi-panel figures (those with parts A, B, C, etc.) should be submitted as a single file containing all parts of the figure. Please take care to ensure that panel labels correspond to callouts in the text.
Figure titles and legends (captions) for all figures (both main and supplemental) should be included in the main article file, not as part of the figure files themselves. Do not include author names or the article title within the figure files. Instead, list the following information for each figure at the end of the manuscript, after the references, but before any tables:
Please provide the highest quality files you can in a reasonably common file format (EPS, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, etc.); we will take it from there. More resolution is better than less. As a guide, please note the following optimal resolutions for different file types:
Grayscale image (submit at 300 ppi)
Color image (submit at 300 ppi)
Combination image (submit at 600 ppi)
Line art (submit at 600 ppi)
Please consult http://jfly.iam.u-tokyo.ac.jp/color/ for best practices in using color in your figures, including how you can ensure readability by color-blind readers.
Image files should not be manipulated or adjusted in any way that could lead to misinterpretation of the information present in the original image. Inappropriate manipulation includes but is not limited to:
Digital images in manuscripts nearing acceptance for publication may be scrutinized for any indication of improper manipulation. If evidence is found of inappropriate manipulation we reserve the right to ask for original data and, if that is not satisfactory, we may decide not to accept the manuscript.