Visual Abstract

Open Source Primer

As the Creative Director at Annals of Surgery, I have been working on better means to disseminate research. One approach is to visually summarize key points from the article in a "visual abstract." Some examples can be seen below as well as on Twitter by following the hashtag #VisualAbstract . To date, more than 75 journals and institutions have adopted the visual abstract in their dissemination strategy including the CDC, BMJ, JAMA and NEJM.

You can download a free PDF primer here on how to create a visual abstract. 


EXAMPLES OF VISUAL ABSTRACTS (Click on image to advance slides)

Visual Abstract Video Demonstration


Visual Abstract Publications

Ibrahim AM, Lillemoe KD, Klingensmith ME, Dimick JB. “Visual Abstracts to Disseminate Research on Social Media: a prospective, case-control crossover study” Ann Surg. 2017 Apr 26. Link to Article

Ibrahim AM, Bradley SM. “The Adoption of Visual Abstracts at Circulation CQO: why and how we’re doing it” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017 Mar;10(3). Link to Article

Ibrahim AM. "Seeing is Believing: Using Visual Abstracts to Disseminate Scientific Research." Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Sep 19. Link to Article

Nikolian, V, Ibrahim AM. “Visual Abstracts and the Future of Scientific Journals” Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery.”  Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2017 Sep;30(4):252-25. Link to Chapter

Aungst, T. Visual Abstracts are Changing How we Share Studies. Doximity. July 2017. Op-Ed. Link to Article