Article Submission: Step 2

Article Submission: Step 2 – Figures and Tables

You probably noticed that none of your figures were included in the template you filled out. In order to submit your figures, they need to be saved as individual .jpg files and submitted independently. Please follow the instructions below to ensure you are submitting the BEST images possible.

Your images need to be ~ 300 dpi (dots per inch) in order to ensure that your figures aren’t stretched or look “grainy.” What does this mean? It means that you need to either submit really high resolution images or really large images (on the order of >8 inches x >8 inches for a square image, for example) in order for the Young Scientist staff to print them as nicely as you intended them to look.

If you are “image savvy” and have used image processing software before, you are welcome to follow the GIMP Figure Support page here. If not, please follow the tips/tricks below to ensure you don’t have to resubmit your figures later.

Think you already have figures ready? Perform this check first!

  • If you have images that you think are ready, right click the image>select Properties>select the Details tab and scroll down to where it says Image Width, Height, Horizontal resolution, and Vertical resolution.
  • Your image is OK TO SUBMIT IF:
    • The Horizontal and Vertical resolution is around 300 dpi (at LEAST 200 dpi) OR
    • The Width and Height are > 800 pixels (if you divide this number by your resolution number- for example, 72 dpi-, you will get something like > ~8 inches).

Need to get your figures ready?

  • Go to the ORIGINAL image or the ORIGINAL Excel, Matlab, Powerpoint, etc… file containing your image/graph OR if you modify the image to include arrows, labels, etc… (in PowerPoint, for example), go to the original PowerPoint file where you made the modifications and do the following:
    • Make the image as large as you can without stretching or skewing the image (for example, if you have PowerPoint open on your computer, MAXIMIZE the screen and make the image cover the entire slide).
    • Ensure that all fonts sizes/lines/data points are large as well (you may feel that this looks to big for an article but when Young Scientist staff will shrink this image down to fit in your article so you want to ensure that readers can still understand your axes labels, etc…)
    • Once you have made all the adjustments on your LARGE image, right click and save it as a lastname_figure01_large.jpg. Perform the check above to ensure that it is ready to submit and then save it in your Young Scientist submission folder on your computer. If it is a supplemental figure, save it as lastname_supplemental01_large.jpg.

Troubles? Feel free to email young.scientist@vanderbilt.edu to ask questions or to check your figure(s) before you submit!

Are your figures ready?

Please move on to Step 3 to finalize other submission criteria!