Queries related to graphical representations in academic publications.

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Commission an animation to explain a scientific concept?

I have a particularly difficult scientific concept, which, with the use of an animation, I think I could make very clear. I have some experience making little movies from piecing together figure ...
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Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos?

Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos when importing them to presentation slides to make the logos meet the template standards and fit the theme colors?
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When to use a table vs. a plot to present numeric information?

I find that in many cases, either a table or a plot will do an equally good job of presenting numeric information. Does anyone have any advice or even rules about when to prefer using a table over a ...
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What kinds of windows software can I use to draw figures like these? [closed]

What kinds of windows software can I use to draw figures like these?
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How did authors prepare figures in their publications before the advent of computers?

I am often amazed at how neat figures in old scientific publications are. How did authors prepare those plots and diagrams, when there were no computers around? Did they draw them by hand? Were there ...
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Surface plots vs. colour maps

There are essentially two ways for plotting three-dimensional data: Colour maps (or heat maps)¹: Surface plots: While surface plots are quite nice to visualise data if you can interactively move ...
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How to symbolize that figure is cropped?

I need to add a photo with some additional data drawn over it to my thesis in computer science. But the photo is large and I want to crop bottom half of it. But then it could be misleading, that there ...
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Using IEEE Citation style, how should I Cite a Figure, that was based on one in a text?

In a lecture I watched, I found a very good diagram that explains a concept I am trying to explain. I couldn't get hold of the original image, so I recreated it in Tikz -- with a few changes to make ...
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Using relative numbering for tables and figures

I'm producing documentation for an A-Level Computing project. Throughout my project I've been numbering my tables and figures relative to the chapter and section they're contained in. So for example, ...
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When is the best time to get permission for putting others figures in the paper? (Conference vs. Journal)

My basic question is, should I get copyright permission for a figure before submitting a paper? However I realize there may be two different situations, and I'm not sure if they are different. ...
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How do authors deal with figure copyrights when writing review articles?

Assuming I'm writing a review article and I'd like to use figures after [1]" or similar? How am I expected to deal with copyright? Obviously a review article is going to use existing figures, more ...
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Making figure legends for papers in the biological sciences

I'm in the process of writing figure legends but realized I don't actually know what to include or what to exclude. I wrote them based on intuition and tried to copy what I've already seen but I was ...
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Do I need to search citation sources for a rather generic graphic that I have drawn myself?

I'm about to write up my PhD thesis at the moment and for the theoretical part I have drawn some graphics that are of rather generic type -- crystal structures, crystal lattices and the like, similar ...
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Design of “Members Page” for Academic Lab Website?

I am a Computational Biologist as part of an academic lab group working on the Immunogenomics of disease vectors (which may be relevant to the following). I am designing part of a web-page that ...
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Labeling axes in plots/graphs? [closed]

What is the accepted norm for labeling axes in plots/graphs? Is it best to use the variable, spell our the variable, or a combination of both? For example, to label a time axis, we could write: t (s) ...
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How do I re-plot my results against existing results?

I need to compare my results with other result, so I need to re-plot the other author's results against my results. For example I want use this fig as a way of comparing results so is there any way ...
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Publishing figures: Serif or Sans-serif fonts?

Whenever I am creating figures for publication, I often wonder if I should be using a serif or sans-serif font. I browse the journals in my field and notice that there is no standard, just chaos. I ...
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Grid lines on graphs

I'm told there are conventions in scientific papers around graphs. I'm publish material for a general audience based on a the findings of a scientific paper (unpublished) and having a disagreement ...
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Application to create 3D figures for papers [duplicate]

I would like to know of a good and easy-to-use application to create simple but visually appealing vector figures such as spheres, planes, lines. It should permit transparencies for example, and 3D ...
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Creating a schematic figure based on an existing one

In the context material chapter of my masters dissertation, between other things, I must write about the state of the art on the thematic presented. There are some very expressive and simple schemes ...
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how could I mention sequence of figures in a research paper?

I want to say that: Figure 1, 2, 3 and 4 illustrate .... how could I mention them? is the above sentence correct? or I should say figure 1 to figure 4
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Does copying the book's figure for my dissertation fit the copyright?

I'm writing my dissertation and I have drawn a diagram explaining how a algorithm works. Recently, I've found an ebook, legally obtained, illustrating the same algorithm, but with more details and ...
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Presenting data of complex tables

I finished some experiments on classification and I am now preparing for a presentation. The experiment yields data which will then be manually verified to determine if the data is correct or ...
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Visualization tool for paper citations

Does anyone know if there is a tool that takes a paper (pdf) and is able to produce a directed graph of the citations, and if possible take the papers that are cited and use the citations of those ...
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Are there good reasons to avoid using color in research papers?

A little bit of a stretch for the kind of questions posted here, but I can't think of a better Stack Exchange site to post this on (or website). I do scientific research, and I noticed for a lot of ...
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Borrowing figures from the literature

In my dissertation, I have felt the need to illustrate some ideas with the help of figures and illustrations which I have found available in existing literature. I have borrowed a number of them and I ...
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Why do some journals want figures at the end?

This is one question that probably has an archaic answer. I recently reviewed a paper for a journal that stuck all the figures at the end (with placeholders in-text). Where I publish, we typically ...
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Gnuplot in thesis and articles or not?

I'm doing an astrophysics thesis with a lot of programming in Python. I'm currently using gnuplot for my plots, but I wonder if this is actually looking quite professional. Are there other options ...
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What are good principles for creating figures?

This thought came into mind when I was reading Points of view: Elements of visual style. While there are a lot of questions on software and strategies to make and edit figures, I am more curious ...
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Using a software screenshot in a paper

When writing a paper which, as an aside, talks about the design of a user interface on a particular piece of software, can one insert a (correctly labeled and referenced) screenshot of the software to ...
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How to present data in a paper in terms of style

I have previously been involved in a course, where we (the students) were supposed to use a specific style, when presenting our graphical data. By style I mean the size/color of legends, thickness of ...
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Request for high res figures: what should I be mindful of?

A researcher in my field has written to ask me high resolution files for 5 figures from 3 different papers of mine. He states: Currently I am revising one review article where I have used several ...
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Standard for figure description in main text and its placement in a report/paper

I heard of this rule/recommendation (or may be its opposite) - Always let the figures come after they are described in the text. What is the correct rule? What's the logic? Is it always followed? ...
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Quality of an image for publication reproduced from another source

I have my paper back from a reviewer. The main point is that a quality of the image is not good enough for the publication. I reproduced this image from another paper (with permission) but the only ...
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Software for extracting data from a graph

There are many times when I am faced with the task of extracting data from a published graph (usually a bitmap image in an paper). For example, a scatter plot from which I would like to get a list of ...
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How to cite a rebuilt graphic

I'm going to have my first presentation in some weeks. Therefore I read some papers and now I'm building the presentation with LaTeX. In the papers, I found some very useful graphics. But for quality ...
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Are there guidelines for amount and content of text in figure captions for theses?

In writing my thesis in geosciences I have a number of figures with a fair amount of text content. Is there some limit I should adhere to -- say for example max 5 lines -- before I should just write ...
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How much do figures need to differ to avoid copyright claims?

It sometimes arise that I need to use, for an article, a book chapter or any other written work, figures that I have already published (not figures published by others). These are usually schematic ...
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What is proper acknowledgment for figure authorship in a book chapter?

A senior researcher, with whom I worked a few years ago, is writing a book chapter. He contacted me to ask what was the latest work of our group on the topic of his chapter. I gave him a few links to ...
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Reproducing figures in blog/SE posts

Sometimes when I am writing a review blog post (or an answer on SE), it is convenient to include a figure from the original paper. Some journals (say PNAS) have policies that explicitly allow ...
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Do high-profile journals edit authors’ figures?

I have a paper published in a Angewandte Chemie, “one of the most renowned chemistry journals”, and realized that the figures have been edited from the version I had submitted. They did not tell us ...
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How does one try to make a journal cover?

Though fewer and fewer scientists actually read dead-tree editions of journals, being featured on a journal cover is still a nice way to highlight your paper to a large community, and is usually ...
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Book recommendations for information visualization?

When writing papers, one specific problem is how to effectively organize the data we want to present so as to enable the audience and readers to quickly understand what we want to demonstrate. I've ...
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How formal should figures in a thesis be?

I am currently writing my masters thesis. I include in it a screenshot of a webpage, in which I want to point at some components and explain what each of them does. What I did so far is that I draw ...
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Software to draw illustrative figures in papers

I would like to have suggestions of good software for drawing illustrations in research papers. I already know about Xfig, but this works only on Linux and is at times, clunky when it comes to text. ...