Graphical abstracts help convey the core information of a research paper through easily digestible visuals. In most cases, they are single images that capture a paper’s content concisely and vividly, providing the visual equivalent of a textual abstract.
Graphical abstracts have found several uses in scientific publications, journal articles, scholarly papers, research, reviews, product guides, and other documents delivering knowledge.
Similar to graphical abstracts, infographics utilize our ability to recognize trends and patterns visually to make sophisticated content easier to understand. Infographics improve our perception of data with visuals designed to be easily absorbed by our minds.
We can comprehend visualized information faster as there is no need to first translate words. For instance, a graphical schematic of a subway explains how to get to any station without any detailed textual description.