Editorial style of figure caption
Number figures. Start caption with a label -- not a sentence -- that
tells what the figure is; experts can imbed the figure's point there.
The label ends with a period. All subsequent text must be sentences
(i.e., subject, verb, and object). The figure with its caption should
be able to stand on its own. In the best papers, the figures should
carry the principal message of the paper.
- give calculation/methodological details.
- give complicated equations in the caption.
- say text has what is needed to understand figure.
- stress message of the figure.
- supply any definition necessary to make caption self-contained.
- use good axes labels and interior labels.
Missile defense policy paper
Figure 1. Making the infrared sensor near-sighted:
dependence of relative sensitivity to warhead temperature. Compared to
room temperature, the emission of a warhead with a
liquid-nitrogen-cooled shroud is a factor of trillion less at 5
microns; a million at 10 microns. Since a 10-micron sensor would
have to thousand times closer to see the same emission, it is
Greenhouse gasses and global warming
Figure 1. Changes in the global temperature from 1981 to 1991. Although
there are large fluctuations (about 0.4 F), there is a clear upward trend
of about 1 F over the last century.
Figure 2. The 1997 US greenhouse emissions by sector. The commercial
and residential sectors, about 32%, could be reduced by individual
actions, while industrial, transportation and agriculture sectors may
require government action.
Need for subsidy of European High-Speed Rail
Figure 1. European rail map: usage proportional to route
thickness. Millions of passenger are handled each year smoothly and
efficiently. Rails' vitality is underscored by fact the 85% of Europeans
adults have never flown in an airplane.
In vitro: the future of product testing
Figure 4. Distribution of reason for UK animal testing
during 1994. That more than half the animal tests were not required by
legislation or medicines act illustrates how wide spread and popular
vivisection is, even when it's not required.
Figure 1. The relationship between resistant fecal strains and
antibiotic use. The fecal strains were isolated from patients with
diarrheal disease caused by bacterial infection. Clearly, the use of
antibiotics correlates with the percentage of bacteria resistant to
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