Before including these, please think about what each is adding to the reader’s understanding of the material (particularly if you have taken photos yourself). A photograph that does not look entirely professional can cheapen the look and feel of the book. Over-use of figures and photos can be distracting to the overall message.
Figures, graphs, maps and photographs that you submit to us must adhere to the following criteria. This ensures that the images that we publish in our books are legible, professional and of high quality.
We may have no option but to remove figures, graphs, maps and photographs that do not adhere to the 7 criteria below:
1. Do not copy and paste your figure into a Word document, instead provide them as a separate file in their original format.
- Copying and pasting images into Word files immediately reduces their quality.
2. They must be submitted as an EPS, PNG, PDF or JPEG file. We will also accept Excel documents, Powerpoint and Illustrator files.
- We cannot accept any other formats, so please ensure that your figures, graphs, maps and photographs are saved accordingly
Acceptable formats for figures
Unacceptable formats for figures
Figures that have been copied and pasted into a Word file
Any figures that are of poor quality or contain illegible text or labeling
3. They must be submitted in greyscale only and should be sharp, clear and legible.
- Any colour coding should be distinguishable in shades of black, grey and white. Different patterns could also be used to distinguish between different sections. Use only up to 5 shades of grey as a maximum.
4. They should be at least 300dpi (dots per inch).
- The resolution of an image is critical to its quality in print. Images of at least 300dpi are considered high resolution and will look better in print. Please refer to the hyperlinked flowchart below for more information.
5. Their location in the chapters must be clearly indicated. All figures, graphs, maps and photographs must be given a title, number and caption. Please also ensure you acknowledge the source and make any necessary acknowledgments.
- Simply indicate a point in the chapters where the figure should appear. Most of our authors write ‘INSERT FIGURE x.x HERE’ in a large font. They must be numbered consecutively within chapters. The first number refers to the chapter number and the second to that figure's appearance within the chapter.
6. Photographs must not include recognisable faces of any person/persons unless prior permission has been obtained.
- GDPR restrictions clearly state that reproducing the image of a person without their permission is against the law. As such, we cannot reproduce these photographs in our books.
7. AI generated images - If you wish to include AI generated images in your chapter(s) there are some issues you need to bear in mind.
- Please check the terms of service of the AI platform to ensure you have the right to use the image commercially. The quality of AI generated images is often inferior to what we would usually require. There are often errors within such images e.g. incorrect flag details and distortions of objects, people and backgrounds which can be misleading and are far more apparent than they may at first appear on screen. Please advise us if any of the images in your manuscript are AI generated.
Please refer to the Elgar copyright policy carefully regarding figures and photographs. Permission may be required.
Partially sighted or blind readers may use screen reading software to read the text of our books and will not be able to interpret figures or photos. If the figure is not explained adequately in the body text of the chapters please provide a short description of the figure that we can embed behind the figure in the ebook version as Alt Text.