Artwork and Formatting

Graphic Designing or electronic artwork is the prevailing and emerging service of this new era, which aims to enhance the quality of the images and figures used in the journal articles. Specific guidelines are set related to the image resolution, color specifications, dimensions, size, and file formats. We seek to provide key information regarding the publication of electronic artworks to a journal.


The first essential being the Image Resolution guidelines lay that the:

  • Size of the image matches with the image size area in the journal
  • Appropriate resolution for colored photographic images as 300dpi and for grayscale as 600dpi
  • 1200dpi for line art or monochrome images
  • Combination images at a resolution of 600dpi

Color Mixes

Journals usually have different requirements for the image colors. Some recommend CMYK (Nature) while some others want RGB (Cell). Photographs, half-tones, must be reproduced in colors on approval of journal editors.

File Format Specifications

The different file formats for graphic artwork accepted by journals are:


Some featured modifications deal with the following:

Authors can use image editing software for some required manipulations to the graphics prior to submission.

  • Blurring
  • Resizing
  • Cropping
  • Scaling
  • Contrast Altering
  • Sharpening and Brightening
  • Flattening and Merging