How to create an interactive scientific plot online

In my previous post I showed a fully interactive online graphย of one of the plots inย my recent paper on leadership in sticklebacks. In this follow-up post I will explain how to easily create such an interactive plot yourself. To be able to do this you will need some experience with the R-languageย and ideally with ggplot2.

First create an account at, which is free. After you have created your account, go to “settings” and click on “generate API key”. You will need your username and this key to link your account to R.

Now you have your account ready start-up R and set-up the R workspace:

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