Journals Library

Figures

You should aim to include a maximum of 25 figures in the main body of your report where possible. Figures should:

  • Be numbered consecutively (not by chapter and appendix).
  • Be legible at A4 landscape size, including a margin. This is the maximum size that a figure (or figure part) can be set at.
  • Be provided with a list of figure captions, together with an electronic copy of the figure itself. All illustrations will be redrawn, but the electronic file is still useful.
  • Use white, black or horizontal/vertical/diagonal hatching to differentiate parts of a diagram, rather than grey shading or dots. A key defining these and any symbols used should be included within the diagram itself.
  • Be included in the main body of the report.
  • NOT be included in the abstract or scientific summary.

Placement of figures guidance

With the launch of the new NIHR Journals Library website in 2016, you have a platform to provide all information about your project in one place, creating a threaded publication of your research. Because of this, some of information that would previously have been included within the final report can now sit on your project page on the website.

Please see our guidance for where we would usually expect different types of tables, figures and other documents to be placed - in the main report, appendices or project webpage.