Molecular Systems Biology has recently updated and streamlined its article Synopsis format (see example in Orr et al, 2012).
Each research article is now accompanied by a Synopsis box that includes an illustrative graphic, which we call a “Visual Title,” along with a short description of the main findings of the work. The Visual Titles are designed to provide, at a glance, an intuitive illustration of the general topic of the work. Featured articles on our main homepage have always been highlighted with graphics of this nature, but now every article will be permanently accompanied by a Visual Title.
The Synopsis format has also been substantially streamlined—we have eliminated the longer “Extended Synopsis” text summaries, and have moved the Synopsis to the beginning of the full text article page, rather than on a separate page.
Synopses will thus provide a concise and attractive overview of the key points made in a paper. We hope you will enjoy this new feature.