Dealing with Graphics

Cropping and Orientation

  • Graphics should be cropped to remove any unnecessary white space around the image, and should not include borders.
  • Image orientation should be the same as intended for publication.
    • 3 9/16 in. - to fit width of one column
      • Position graphics to fir the width of the column. Graphics cannot spill into side margins or interfere with the gutter of space between the two columns.
      • Do not wrap text around the graphic. Each element must stand alone.
    • 7 1/2 in. - to fit across the top of the page (span two columns)
    • 9 x 7 1/2 in. (L x W) - to fit the entire page (top to bottom)
    • 6 1/2 in. x 81/2 in. (L x W) - across the entire page sideways (turned)

Color Graphics

Digital. Color graphics will be used in the digital publication of the paper at no additional charge to the authors.
Print. In print proceedings, all graphics will appear in black and white unless authors agree to pay for the color printing costs. Click here to review the Publication Charges. Prior to submission for print publication, authors should make sure that the color graphics will reproduce well in black and white. The easiest way to do this is to convert any color graphics to grayscale to see how they will appear in black and white. If the graphic does not convert well to black and white (i.e., the grayscale version does not contain sufficiently different levels of gray), the graphic needs to be revised prior to submission.

Fonts. The appropriate font(s) should be used when labeling your figures.

  • Font Family: True Type (Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier) or Adobe fonts
  • Font Format: embedded in graphic
  • Font Size: 6 pt minimum


  • Line weights should be  0.5 pt - 1.5 pt in thickness (line weights below 0.5 points will reproduce poorly).
  • Providing graphics at a lower resolution than required, or at a size less than 100% of final, will result in jagged lines, pixilated type, and an unacceptable final image.
  • Providing graphics at a higher resolution than required, or at a size above 100% of final, will result in unnecessarily large files.

If you are having a problem sizing your graphic(s) for final publication, try inserting your graphic(s) in a table. Using a table will help control the positioning and size of your images.

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