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Development from the higher education and research community
  • Creation or important update: 19/11/13
  • Minor correction: 19/11/13

ScientiFig : create publication-ready scientific figures

This software was developed (or is under development) within the higher education and research community. Its stability can vary (see fields below) and its working state is not guaranteed.
  • Web site
  • System: UNIX-like, Windows, MacOS X
  • Current version: 2.6 - 02/10/2013
  • License(s): BSD -
    ScientiFig uses the Apache BATIK and XML-apis libraries as well as the BSD Rsession library.
  • Status: beta release
  • Support: maintained, no ongoing development
  • Designer(s): Benoit Aigouy
  • Contact designer(s): Benoit Aigouy
  • Laboratory, service: GReD


General software features

Scientists often build figures for publications and talks. To create these figures, they usually rely on powerful tools that are designed for graphic designers to produce artistic figures and are therefore only poorly suited to build scientific figures.

We here present an ImageJ/FIJI plugin called ScientiFig that is devoted to the building of research figures. Our tool can assemble and maintain complex panels containing images with different aspect ratios and associate scalebars, text annotations and ROIs to these panels. Interestingly, our software will always preserve the position of these associated elements even when figure size changes. ScientiFig can export figures as png with a transparent background for a better integration in office documents and as vector graphics that can be finalized using a vector graphics editor. Last but not least, ScientiFig can format figures for various scientific reviews and for example offer to substitute fonts or to resize the figure to better match the journal guidelines (if a journal style does not exist, it can be created using the embedded editor).

For comparison, please find below two alternative tools:

Context in which the software is used

ScientiFig is a tool to buid and format images for scientific publications.

Publications related to the software

ScientiFig: a tool to build publication-ready scientific figures. Aigouy B, Mirouse V. Nat Methods. 2013 Oct 30;10(11):1048. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2692.