I have a paper published in a Angewandte Chemie, “one of the most renowned chemistry journals”, and realized that the figures have been edited from the version I had submitted. They did not tell us about it, but clearly modifications have been made for typographical consistence with their style guide: some symbols have been italicized, axes labels have been changed from, e.g., “Temperature (K)” into “Temperature / K”, etc.

I was surprised, because I know that most journals don’t typically edit figures, so I wonder: is Angewandte Chemie unique in this respect? Do other higher-profile journals, such as Nature or Science, edit figures or provide feedback to authors on graphics?

  • This is a duplicate question of the one Daniel's pointing out, and therefore I'm voting to close.
    – aeismail
    Oct 3 '12 at 20:27
  • Okay, I have tried to make it more different: the other questions asks about journals in general, and how you could ask them to help with figures. My question would be about how common it is for a specific subset (high-profile journals, of which no example was given in the answers to David’s question) to edit graphics or advise authors on the matter.
    – F'x
    Oct 3 '12 at 20:33
  • It still seems like a duplicate to me.
    – StrongBad
    Oct 3 '12 at 22:19
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    @DanielE.Shub - It's a close call. The question isn't "does this happen?", but rather, "this happened, is this a one-off or a common thing I'm not familiar with?" It seems like a useful enough question to me to be worth a re-opening.
    – eykanal
    Oct 3 '12 at 23:23
  • Didn't they show you a final proof copy? Journals often at least edit the size/position of figures in my experience. Some of them also reformat formulas and other aspects. I recently had a journal article where they had to completely rebuild my tables to fit their in-house style. I had to note a couple of issues, which they fixed. Usually they give you a final proof so that you can check that your original intent is still retained.
    – Namey
    Jul 27 '13 at 16:35

Yes, high-profile journals do typically edit figures for style and consistency. You will find this information on their web sites, e.g. nature physics.

  • This doesn't seem to answer the question; if anything, it suggests that Nature Physics doesn't edit figures, unless you specifically use Adobe Photoshop.
    – eykanal
    Oct 3 '12 at 23:25
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    @eykanal They do edit figures. The statement can be found as the last sentence of the first paragraph (and elsewhere): "This allows us to restyle to our journal house style."
    – Jan
    Oct 3 '12 at 23:29
  • Good point, I missed that sentence.
    – eykanal
    Oct 3 '12 at 23:46

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