OK, I'm irritated! I just reviewed a manuscript for Geophysics that had 27 figures! Actually, it had about 80 figures, counting a's, b's, etc. This article does not need 27 compound figures. The manuscript discusses valuable work, but it's not definitive work or a data reference source. Unfortunately, after working hard on a project, the authors fell victim to a pitfall—inflating a project beyond its actual value. Inflated work engenders inflated manuscripts which engender more—many more—figures than are necessary.

Compounding this problem, some authors choose their figures by nonspecific methods, i.e., gut feeling, random infusion, ethereal inspiration, ease of...

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