Figures, tables and other display items are often the quickest way to communicate large amounts of complex information.
Many readers will only look at your display items without reading the main text of your manuscript. Therefore, choose and design your figures and tables very carefully so your manuscript communicates well with readers.
Display items are also important for attracting readers to your work. Attractive display items will hold the interest of readers, and compel them to take time to understand a figure.
Finally, high-quality display items give your work a professional appearance. Readers will assume that a professional-looking manuscript contains professionally done science. Thus readers will be more likely to believe your results and your interpretation of those results.
The advice below includes detailed information that is specific to BioMed Central journals, for formatting display items: