Cartoon Abstracts are a fun new way of visualising academic research.
Browse our Cartoon Abstracts by subject area
Science & Technology
- Eurovision Voting Patterns Analysed
- Your Open Plan Office Can Make You Ill!
- Could a Chess Robot Cause Judgement Day?
- Can Software Suffer? The Complicated Ethics of Brain Emulation
- A New High Entropy Alloy
- Surviving a Global Zombie Attack
- Tablet Use Increases Neck Strain
- Could Invisibility Become a Reality?
- Online Gaming: How to Beat the Cheats
- Analysing the Foot Strike Pattern of a World Class Athlete
- Imaginary Public a Threat to Synthetic Biology
- Sauna, Sweat and Science
- Evolving Opportunities for Providing Thermal Comfort
- Hard Knocks and High Heels
- Mathematical Lyrics: Noteworthy Endeavours in Education
- The Dynamics of Waves Interacting with the Equatorial Undercurrent
- Detecting the Gravitational Waves Einstein Predicted
- Nutrition for Endurance Sports: Marathon, Triathlon, and Road Cycling
- Are Your White Clothes Really White?
- Surf Smart: Thick Boards and Long Paddles
- Key Technologies of Tunnel Firefighting Robots
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- The New Noah’s Ark: Only the Beautiful Need Apply
- The Vocal Repertoire of Infant Giant Pandas
- 10 Golden Rules for Managing Floods
- Gathering Wild Food in the City
- Meet the Mosasaur with Binocular Vision
- Coat Color and Aggressive Behaviors in Domestic Cats
- The Sniff Test: Proof that Dogs are Self-Aware
- Managing the Forests of the Future
- Relationship between Chewing Behavior and BMI
- The Name’s Jamesbondia: New Group of Caribbean Plants
- Getting Closer to a Cure for Malaria
- Mapping the Mythical Creatures of Europe
- Garden Feeding of the Reintroduced Red Kite
- How Data are Changing how we Manage Cities
- Rural-Urban Integration Can Drive Regional Growth
- The Potential Threat of Rift Valley Fever
- Migratory Choices: Effects of Distance & Cultural Diversity
- The Stimulants of Prohibition: Illegality and Synthetic Drugs
Arts & Humanities
- Children, Television Commercials and Brand Choice
- Queer Technologies
- Refining Climate Change Threats to Heritage
- News vs. Satire: Which is Better as a Source for Learning?
- The 21st Century Law Student
- Social Media and Social Work: How Effective Is It?
- Mobile Apps to Drive the Employability of Students
- Are Comics a Good Medium for Science Communication?
- Evidence informed practise in education
- An Active Classroom: The Emerging Scholars Program at West Virginia University
- Team passion displayed during national anthems is associated with subsequent success
- Should the use of performance enhancing drugs be banned in sport?
Each individual cartoon abstract summarises the original authors’ work through illustration, harnessing the overwhelming power of images over text. Illustrations can aid the understanding of difficult concepts, broaden the appeal of niche topics, and transcend language barriers.
Elements of humour, intrigue, and parody can be found throughout many of the cartoons, which further increases audience engagement.
Authors love it
“Awesome! It looks really good. I especially like the blond scientist, since he looks a little bit like me.” – Anders Sandberg
“Wow! That's great! Very nice artwork which illustrates some of the issues and generates interest in the article.” – Steve Omohundro
“I think this is a super-cool idea. It's nerdy-fun and conveys the sense of the paper in a very clear way. Also, I really like the sketch of me!” – Gianluca Baio
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Brilliant way to promote a journal paper! https://t.co/ygxNg9Lisp— jon turney (@jonWturney) October 9, 2015
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