play an outstanding role in the transfer of knowledge. They are used in
numerous academic disciplines to present scientific results. Digital
tools such as Adobe Photoshop make it possible to display the
information in images brilliantly and clearly - at the same time the
line between appropriate and inappropriate manipulation is not always
easy to draw. Scientific journals have published guidelines for handling
and editing images, but they are not always specific enough to provide
clarity for all situations.
Images" examines how scholars from biology, information science, art
history and design deal with this uncertainty - how they process and
manipulate images, where they see their special potential and how they
draw the line between appropriate and inappropriate image manipulation.
The work also looks at scientific journals and lets selected editors
have their say: What would have to happen to make it possible to combat
image manipulation in science more effectively?
book's interdisciplinary approach makes it clear how different the
practices are and how different the views are on what should be allowed
in the processing of images. Images - this too is problematized in the
book - are always a means to a certain end, which is precisely why the
handling of images should be thoroughly reflected upon.