How should I format my figures?

The maximum number of figures and tables for each article type available at Frontiers is shown in the article type's description, which can be found either in the submission form or on the journal's about page.

Frontiers requires figures to be submitted individually, in the same order as they are referred to in the manuscript.

The figures will then be automatically embedded at the end of the submitted manuscript. Please ensure that each table and figure is mentioned in the text (for example, (Figure 1) or “Insert Figure 1 here”) and in numerical order.

For graphs, there must be a self-explanatory label (including units) along each axis.

For figures with more than one panel, panels should be clearly indicated using labels (A), (B), (C), (D), etc. However, please do not embed the panel labels over any part of the image but place them next to the figure.

Figure and table legends are required to have the same font as the main text (12 point normal Times New Roman, single spaced).

Tables must be provided in an editable format in order for them to be typeset e.g. .docx or .xlsx.

Legends should be preceded by the appropriate label, for example "Figure 1" or "Table 4". Figure legends should be placed at the end of the manuscript (for supplementary images you must include the caption with the figure, uploaded as a separate file). Table legends must be placed immediately before the table. Please use only a single paragraph for the legend. Figure panels are referred to by bold capital letters in brackets: (A), (B), (C), (D), etc.


Please note that figures that do not follow the Frontiers guidelines will cause substantial delay during the production process.  The typesetters will not make any alterations to figures, even if requested. All updates are the responsibility of the author.

More information about Figures and Tables can be found in our Author Guidelines.