A friend of mine passed along this interesting link today. The academic publisher Elsevier looks like it’s now accepting “graphical abstracts” for scientific papers in journals:
A Graphical Abstract should be a one-image file and should visualize one process or make one point clear. For ease of browsing, the Graphical Abstract should have a clear start and end, preferably “reading” from top to bottom or left to right. Try to reduce distracting and cluttering elements as much as possible.
Also interesting is that they expressly specify how they want the image to be “read.” Now I’m curious what they’d think to an abstract using sequential images…