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Cover image of Science
Research on 56 years history of development

Cheng Xi  

Science, one of the top scientific journals began its cover image as early as 1959 , which is a front-runner in top scientific journals about visual communication of science. By qualitative study on cover images of Science (format, content, type, and technology) and changes in font style from 1959 to 2015, as well as quantitative study on research field, nationality and institution distribution of cover stories, this study aims to provide reference of experience and propose for other academic journals. Since visual communication has become an important part of science communication, its essential to understand its history by summarizing the development and the overall situation, forecasting changes in the future, especially in nowadays people repeatedly emphasize the significance of visual communication. Based on the perspective research on covers of Science, the article explores its development and characteristics in different stages in the history as a case study about visual communication on top scientific journals. Since visual communication has become an important part of science communication, its essential to understand it's history by summarizing the development and the overall situation,forecasting changes in the future, especially in nowadays people repeatedly emphasize the significance of visual communication. Based on the perspective research of cover's history from Science, a top academic journal, the article explored its history of development and characteristics in different stage of cover images as a case study about visual communication.

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