SuperPlots: Communicating reproducibility and variability in cell biology

J Cell Biol. 2020 Jun 1;219(6):e202001064. doi: 10.1083/jcb.202001064.


P values and error bars help readers infer whether a reported difference would likely recur, with the sample size n used for statistical tests representing biological replicates, independent measurements of the population from separate experiments. We provide examples and practical tutorials for creating figures that communicate both the cell-level variability and the experimental reproducibility.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biostatistics / methods*
  • Cell Biology / standards*
  • Models, Statistical
  • Reproducibility of Results*
  • Sample Size