Covers

Scientific journals are using more high quality designs on their front covers than ever before. For example, for some months now, the front cover of the New Phytologist boasts a series of colourful images. The latest is by CE Stanley and shows the two-way flow of dissolved nutrients along vascular cells of roots.

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The covers become art forms in their own image, pleasant to the eye even without knowledge of their scientific significance.

Other recent examples show photo-micrographs of sections of red and yellow table beets, a picture of sunflowers in a field:

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a drawing of evolutionary artefacts (a tree of life with a DNA molecule), and an out-of-scale mushroom, enlarged to look like a table in the forest.

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Nature magazine has for-long developed its standard of design,

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while in the US, Science usually has even more artistic license:

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