Some good notes on making graphs
Political scientists increasingly use data visualizations to communicate statistical results. These visualizations make those results clear and intuitive, and perhaps beautiful. Yet the quality of the data story is sometimes lost in pixelated, low-resolution images. While the visualization itself might be strong, the physical rendering of that visualization is less than ideal. Though we are trained to make statistical graphics, the instructions we receive from publishers about how to make those graphics look their best in published form can be vague or confusing. This post discusses the formatting requirements for image files in journal publishing, points out some examples of high- and low-resolution graphics in a recent journal issue, and describes how to produce high-resolution image files from R, Stata, and Excel (possibly with the help of one or more simple add-on utilities).
File Formats and Resolution
Journal publishers have reached an industry consensus on how image files should be formatted…
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