From Alexander Martin
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A group of young researchers has started an initiative to improve scientific communication, focusing specifically on data visualization and the pitfalls of the ever-present bar plots. While there exist a wide array of ways to display data, many people continue to choose to use bar plots, a simple graph depicting a group mean and standard error (or deviation). Unfortunately, most data aren’t as clean as bar plots make them seem, and since bar plots reveal very little about the distribution of the data, this kind of visualization can be misleading. To finance a campaign aimed at journal editors, the group has created a Kickstarter : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1474588473/barbarplots/ proposing stickers and t-shirts and has created a hashtag #barbarplots so discussion can be followed on social media platforms. Join in the revolution and discussion about data visualization by supporting this initiative!