Re: [R] Using graphics straight from R into published articles

From: Philipp Pagel <>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:52:52 +0200

On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 09:31:18AM -0700, blanco wrote:
> I was just wondering if people use graphics from R straight into articles or
> are they always edited in some way; fonts, headers, axis, color etc? Using
> photoshop or some other programs?
> I would like to think it is possible, better and more profession to do it
> all in R.
> I tried google and the search option but found nothing on the topic.
> What are the experiences for all the professionals out there that use R?
> Are there any articles on this specific subject?

I'm not aware of any articles on the topic but I can share what I do:

95% of the time I tweak various graphics parameters in R and see no necessity for postprocessing in other applications.

In about 5% I do some manual editing for a "camera ready" figure. These are usually the result of exotic request from referees. But under no circumstances would I use Photoshop or any other pixel graphics software for this. My R graphics are always created as eps or pdf vector graphics and any editing is done with a proper vector graphics software (Illustrator or Inkscape).

I share your feeling that it is better to do as much as possible in R because it means that I won't have to do it again if I need to produce another revision of the figure - all it takes is anoother run of my script. And I can re-use good solutions in the future. Any manual touch-ups have to be done manually every single time => not my idea of efficiency.



Dr. Philipp Pagel
Lehrstuhl für Genomorientierte Bioinformatik
Technische Universität München
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan
Maximus-von-Imhof-Forum 3
85354 Freising, Germany

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