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Thursday, May 08, 2008

color figures

The research in my lab is not very costly in general. The money that we do get is from strange sources but it gets the job done. That is until we are getting ready to submit a paper and we realize that color figures cost money. Money that we don't have. Our options are pretty fantastic though:

Get it from a different grant
Beg the department
Ask for it for Xmas from our parents (although I have already asked my mom for a plane ticket to a conference for my graduation)
Tax returns
Bake sale
Car wash
Win a kareoke or other type of talent contest like in a movie or sitcom

Any other suggestions?

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Blogger Sara said...

are color figures really necessary? even when i was in a really well funded lab we never paid to get them. typically you get them for free on the online version, which is the only one 99.9% of the people are going to be reading anyway so it isnt worth paying for them in the print version

10:53 AM  
Blogger Geeka said...

I second sara, especially if it isn't in a top tier journal in your field. I can't remember the last time that I looked at a paper journal.

8:15 PM  
Blogger botanybabe said...

i love reading your witty research posts. i know this doesn't make you feel better about your delimma, but just thought i would share. it is such a break from my world which usually runs something like this..."i hope she isn't getting sick, i hope he doesn't get called in tonight, what am i going to make for dinner next week, ..." ha!

10:35 AM  
Blogger DancingFish said...

Sara and geeka: It is a top tier journal for my field and the figure is a great photograph that loses quite a bit without the color. However, it is not necessary for the paper. If we get accepted- the free color in online versions might be enough.

BB- You crack me up.

4:24 PM  

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