Editorial and Publishing Policy Resource
Figures and tables

General reporting guidelines

Each figure and table must have a caption providing a brief description (or explanation) of the figure and must be referred to in the review text (via a link in RevMan).

To ensure the best presentation of published reviews (particularly in the PDF version), Cochrane Reviews should include a maximum of six figures, but ideally between 3 and 5.  Only the most important tables should remain as 'Additional tables' and other additional tables should be moved to the Appendices and referenced with a hyperlink.

Further guidelines about figures and tables are available in the RevMan Userguide.

Quality requirements of figures and tables

We are working on this section. Please contact Jacob Riis (jr@cochrane.dk), Nordic Cochrane Centre, for information.

Copyright

When using images the authors have not produced themselves

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for images included in the review and for following guidance to ensure the images are fit for publication. If permission to publish a copyrighted figure is granted, the final phrase of the figure caption must be: “Copyright © [Year] [Name of copyright holder, or other required wording]: reproduced with permission.”

To preserve rights on images the authors have produced

We are working on this section. Please contact Harriet MacLehose (HMaclehose@cochrane.org), Cochrane Editorial Unit, for information.

Images showing sensitive information

We are working on this section. Please contact Harriet MacLehose (HMaclehose@cochrane.org), Cochrane Editorial Unit, for information.

Section info
Describe change
Added a note about the maximum number of images in a Review; the need to have a caption for each image; RevMan images; quality standards for non-RevMan images. Also added a section on quality requirements of figures and images to complement RevMan guidelines; a section on how authors may preserve copyright on their images and figures; as well as a section on how to deal with images showing sensitive information. These new sections are still under development or approval.
Change date
19 August 2013