Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Geosci. Commun., 5, 83–86, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-5-83-2022

Special issue: GC Insights

Geosci. Commun., 5, 83–86, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-5-83-2022

GC Insights 11 Mar 2022

GC Insights | 11 Mar 2022

GC Insights: Rainbow colour maps remain widely used in the geosciences

Richard M. Westaway

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on gc-2021-39', Rolf Hut, 26 Oct 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Richard Westaway, 26 Oct 2021
  • CC2: 'rainbow logo', Klemens Hocke, 03 Nov 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on gc-2021-39', Fabio Crameri, 17 Nov 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Richard Westaway, 10 Dec 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on gc-2021-39', Anonymous Referee #2, 08 Dec 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Richard Westaway, 10 Dec 2021
  • AC4: 'Comment on gc-2021-39', Richard Westaway, 11 Jan 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (01 Feb 2022) by Leslie Almberg
AR by Richard Westaway on behalf of the Authors (04 Feb 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (08 Feb 2022) by Leslie Almberg
ED: Publish as is (08 Feb 2022) by Sam Illingworth(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
Rainbow and red–green colour schemes are widely used in scientific publications despite being known to be problematic, particularly to people with colour blindness. This study investigates to what extent such colour schemes are used in geoscience publications. Based on a desk survey of over 2500 papers from six journals between 2005 and 2020, it is found that over half of the published papers have maps or graphs with colour issues that are therefore potentially misleading to readers.
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