Good illustrations (maps and figures) are indispensable components of any written study because they convey essential information to the reader more effectively than do words. This column provides some basic guidance on preparing quality illustrations by addressing some of the most common mistakes authors make. There are many illustration types that appear in Interpretation, and it is impossible to cover them all at once. Part 1 of this column will provide advice about preparing some of the most common illustrations while additional types will be covered in “From the Editor” of the next issue of Interpretation.

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