From Static to Interactive: Transforming Data Visualization to Improve Transparency

Tracey L. Weissgerber, Vesna D. Garovic, Marko Savic, Stacey J. Winham, Natasa M. Milic

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Data presentation for scientific publications in small sample size studies has not changed substantially in decades. It relies on static figures and tables that may not provide sufficient information for critical evaluation, particularly of the results from small sample size studies. Interactive graphics have the potential to transform scientific publications from static reports of experiments into interactive datasets. We designed an interactive line graph that demonstrates how dynamic alternatives to static graphics for small sample size studies allow for additional exploration of empirical datasets. This simple, free, web-based tool ( demonstrates the overall concept and may promote widespread use of interactive graphics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1002484
JournalPLoS biology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 22 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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