What is Wrong With This Picture?
Guest Editors: Buzz Baum, Karl Broman, John Brookfield, Shinichi Nakagawa
A picture is worth a thousand words - but in scientific research articles, figures can often miscommunicate the data that authors present to their readers, leading to the wrong conclusions. Histograms, linear regression graphs or microscope images, for example, can all contain different errors that may ultimately mislead readers in their interpretation of diverse data.
In this series, BMC Biology explores some common mistakes authors make when interpreting and presenting their results graphically. The examples shown here, based on real research articles, can be used as a guide in generating more accurate and informative figures.
Our emblem for the series is our own iconic image, shown here, itself egregiously misleading if taken literally: http://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7007-10-76