Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm

Tracy L. Weissgerber TL, et al., Beyond Bar and Line Graphs: Time for a New Data Presentation Paradigm, PLoS Biol 13(4), 2015

Our systematic review of research articles published in top physiology journals (n = 703) suggests that, as scientists, we urgently need to change our practices for presenting continuous data in small sample size studies. Papers rarely included scatter- plots, box plots, and histograms that allow readers to critically evaluate continuous data. Most papers presented continuous data in bar and line graphs. This is problematic, as many different data distributions can lead to the same bar or line graph.

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