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Interactive data visualization and other online article enrichments

Elsevier allows authors to include interactive data viewers, contextual information, computer code and other online enrichments.

Refer to this page to see available options and submission instructions

Creating accessible figures for all types of color vision

Color blindness bannerColor blindness affects 5-10% of the population, mostly males. We recommend that you create figures that are accessible to all, including those with impaired color vision. It’s surprisingly easy, if you follow these five simple guidelines: 1) Use a color blind safe palette, 2) Use sufficiently high contrast, 3) In fluorescent red-green images, replace red with magenta, 4) Simulate how your design would look to the color blind eye using one of the many free tools or the “Proof setup” function in Adobe Photoshop, 5) Ask yourself:  do you really need to use color to represent your data? Perhaps you can use monochromatic figures, or different shapes, positions and line types instead.

For further information, you might want to look at this Authors' Update article.

Elsevier's policy on manipulation of images

Our policy is that no specific feature within an image may be enhanced, obscured, moved, removed, or introduced. Adjustments of brightness, contrast, or color balance are acceptable if and as long as they do not obscure or eliminate any information present in the original. Manipulating images for improved clarity is accepted, but manipulation for other purposes could be seen as scientific ethical abuse and will be dealt with accordingly.

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