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Visual Abstract Template

Use this template to create a visual abstract for your next research article and make your work more visible online. For more information, visit http://thescientistvideographer.com/wordpress

Karen McKee

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of Visual Abstract Template

How to Create a Visual Abstract for a Research Article
Grab the Viewer's Attention
Begin your visual abstract by describing what is new or innovative about your research, by providing an interesting fact about your research topic or study organism, by putting your work into a historical perspective, or by using some other opening that will capture and hold the viewer's attention.
Aim of Research
Provide a brief statement (one or two sentences) that explains the overall goal of your work or the hypothesis tested. Elaborate using visual media (images, video, or animations), which may contain embedded text and images to delve deeper into the topic.
Study Site/
Experimental Facility
Use maps, satellite images, or photographs to show where your study was conducted. Use embedded images to take the viewer on a brief tour of your study site.
Materials & Methods
Use text, images, animations, and/or video to illustrate how you conducted the study. Keep it brief unless the method is the main focus of your study.
Main Findings
Briefly show or explain your results, preferably using a single graphic or table. Do not cut and paste from your paper—create a new graphic that is visually compelling and understandable on its own.
Describe your study's overall conclusion or "take-home message". If you posed a question or hypothesis, provide an answer here. You might also explain the significance of your findings, implications for the field of study, or practical applications. Use video with the lead author appearing on camera or a photograph illustrating a key point.
Provide the citation and web link (doi) to your article. For more information, tips, and tutorials about communicating science, see the links below.
Karen L. McKee
1. Substitute your title
and name here

What is a visual abstract?
A visual abstract is a brief description of an article created with visual media instead of text.
Why should I make a
visual abstract?
Visual abstracts help raise the online visibility of a published article and its authors.
Why use
With Prezi, an author can create a unique visual tour of a study. The multi-dimensional, non-linear canvas is well-suited to complex science topics.
Begin by identifying the key points to cover.
-What is your article about?
-What did your study find?
-What is new or innovative?
-Why is your study important
(to the viewer)?
Acquire visual media.
Use your own or locate media online (be sure to obtain permission from the copyright owner and any identifiable people visible in photographs or videos).
Replace template images
and text with your own.
Open Themes, then select Customize Current Theme
Click 3D Background image and select photo from your file, then Done
Click any image or text box to replace or edit
How to Replace Background Image
You can insert a brief video into your visual abstract. In the menu bar, select Insert and YouTube video or a video file on your computer. Video files saved as .flv work well. See example below (mouse over to see controls).
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Intact mangrove forests have kept pace with rising sea level for thousands of years through peat formation. Clear-cutting or other disturbance leads to subsidence and erosion.
3. Remove these directions by selecting the frame and "delete".
2. Substitute your text
and media in these frames.

The Template
The free template used to create this visual abstract can be downloaded here:
Embed the visual abstract tutorial:
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Image: USGS LandsatLook Viewer
Please consider leaving this frame intact so that others may easily find and use this template.
How do mangrove forests keep up with rising sea-level?
Photo by I.C. Feller
This template may be used to create a visual abstract for a research article. Substitute your text and media in provided placeholders. Strive to keep the viewing time below five minutes.
Illustration based on McKee et al. (2007) Global Ecology and Biogeography 16: 545-556.
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by K.L. McKee
Photo by USGS
Photo by K.L. McKee
Hypothesis: Mangrove forests in the Caribbean Region
have kept pace with sea-level rise primarily through slow
accumulation of organic matter (peat).
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