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scistyles: Matplotlib stylesheets for scientific publications.

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Matplotlib stylesheets for scientific publications.


The package is available on pypi. Simply run:

pip install scistyles


The first purpose of this module is to supply matplotlib stylesheets to assist in the creation of scientific figures. Custom stylesheets can be stored in relative paths or in mpl_configdir, but both solutions require manual copy and emailing for reusing and sharing. Storing the stylesheets in a centralized repository facilitate reuse and sharing.

The stylesheets stored under src/scistyles/stylelib are loaded automatically when importing scistyles.

Therefore, just use them:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import scistyles"presentation-sp")
# plot away!

Under the hood, this module simply extends the to accept a directory as an argument. If you have your own personal styles you don't want to share^1, you can still load the styles directly:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from scistyles
# ...


Contributions are welcome! In case you have strong disagreement with our choice of tick width or legend handlelength, then fine, just contribute your own stylesheet. We won't argue[^2], and just add it to the pile. Simply make sure to give the stylesheet a name that is not already taken.

To contribute a stylesheet, just write an issue. For large contributions, a PR would be appreciated.

See also

For everything about rcParams and stylesheets, see the official matplotlib documentation.


  • Add a test plot and autogenerated gallery.
  • add a few further design tools (colors, palettes...)


[^2]: We aren't talking about colormaps.

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