New in the Anatomical Record: Graphical Abstracts

The Anatomical Record, an official publication of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA), has announced that graphical abstracts may now be submitted alongside manuscripts.

 “By offering authors the option to publish a graphical abstract alongside their written abstract, we hope to increase the visibility of our published papers and make the content more accessible to a general audience,” said Editor-in-Chief Heather F. Smith.

Graphical abstract from Andronowski JM, Cole ME, Davis RA, Tubo GR, Taylor JT, Cooper DML. A multimodal 3D imaging approach of pore networks in the human femur to assess age-associated vascular expansion and Lacuno-Canalicular reduction. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2022 Sep 25. doi: 10.1002/ar.25089. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36153809.

A graphical abstract is a single image that provides an overview of a research paper. “A graphical abstract is an effective way for an author to visually and concisely convey the key findings of a research project. Studies have shown that papers with a graphical abstract often receive up to twice as many views and social media shares compared to papers with a traditional abstract alone,” Smith said.

The Anatomical Record publishes new discoveries in the morphological aspects of molecular, cellular, systems, and evolutionary biology. The journal focuses on functional morphology, quantitative morphological disciplines, and major new findings in the anatomical consequences of gene disruption, activation, or over expression upon cell, tissue, or organ architecture and also recognizes the importance of descriptive studies in contemporary research, particularly when framed in the context of experimental models or questions.

Authors wishing to provide a graphical abstract may do so as part of the manuscript submission process through the Research Exchange (ReX) submission system at The image should be submitted as TIFF or EPS file format with 600+ dpi resolution.

About the American Association for Anatomy
The American Association for Anatomy is an international membership organization of biomedical researchers and educators specializing in the structural foundation of health and disease. AAA connects gross anatomists, neuroscientists, developmental biologists, physical anthropologists, cell biologists, physical therapists, and others to advance the anatomical sciences through research, education, and professional development.

To learn more about AAA’s peer-reviewed journals, visit or our digital Publications Hub.


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