Image manipulation: cleaning up the scholarly record

(2 May 2016) Image manipulation: acceptable practice in fashion, not journalism or science.

Phil Davis in the Scholarly Kitchen website writes that most readers are experienced with image manipulation. We adjust the lighting, color tint, and contrast in our photographs. More experienced users will crop, resize, touch up a mole or some wrinkles, maybe even remove an ex-partner from a photograph. Some will go further, cutting-and-pasting parts of other images. Image alteration is an industry standard in the world of fashion, where models are used as illustrations of new styles, but completely unacceptable in the newsroom, where photographs are intended to represent reality.

The issue of image manipulation won’t go away. Phil Davis writes about image manipulation and how journal publishers are managing the problem on the scholarly kitchen website.