Queries related to graphical representations in academic publications.

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Is the PNG file format acceptable for academic papers?

When I have to use Microsoft Word for writing a paper, I tend to export most my graphs and charts into the PNG image format since I find it the most convenient due to its smaller size (than TIF) and ...
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Boxplot whiskers for a journal publication using APA style guide

I want to submit a manuscript with a journal recommending the APA style guide for formatting. When looking at my boxplots, a colleague of mine wondered why the whiskers do not represent the 95% ...
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Must graphs in a mathematical PhD thesis be drawn nicely?

I am writing my PhD thesis in mathematics and there are several graphs to be included (on knots, braids, and other related objects). I know that there are several software available for drawing graphs ...
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The advantage of EPS over PDF? And why so many journals ask for EPS alone?

I have been curious about why so many journals only accept EPS for vector graphs rather than PDF. It is indeed weird because these journals have to convert EPS figures to PDF anyway. Adobe also ...
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Making color blind friendly plots that look professional [migrated]

Based on this question I've been racking my brain trying to find a color scheme for journal publications that is color blind friendly and that I actually like. I've tried color brewer and other sites, ...
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Showing figures from a paper in presentation

I'm giving a talk summarizing someone else's paper and I'd like to show some figures from their paper during my presentation. It's an informal talk to fellow students and a few professors at my ...
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Breaking an axis - is it ever a good idea?

I know that using an origin other than 0 for numeric data is considered misleading. But for plots in academic publications, is it ever a good idea to break an axis so that patterns and outliers can be ...
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What is the legal status of using copyrighted images in academic/conference talks?

I am told that we can use copyrighted images in our lectures to students now as they are for purely educational purposes, as long as we correctly attribute them. That is to say there is no need to ask ...
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Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it?

Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it in an academic paper? I cannot find a definitive answer on this. The general advice is to place the figure/table as ...
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How to credit a photo taken by someone else in my publication?

How do authors normally address a photo courtesy? I have a photo taken by Dr. X, I would like to use it in my paper which is planned to be submitted to an engineering journal. How should I respect ...
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How to be sure the axis labels are readable when printed? [closed]

I have doubts about the size of the axis labels I have to use to be sure they will be readable when printed. All the plots are made using Matlab and there I set the font size on 14. The plots are ...
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Can my institute use my figure and put their name on it for press releases, etc.?

I was wondering if my institute can use a figure which I made for a paper that has been published and crop it slightly and use it for press releases, etc., and instead of putting my name underneath ...
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What are the pros and cons of including graphics/figures in teaching and research statements for academic job applications?

I was wondering what the prevailing opinion in the community is, with regards to the pros and cons of using images or graphics in teaching and research statements for academic job applications. I ...
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Should I cite photos in my thesis?

If I use photos in my thesis that I found on Internet, should I cite them? If so, how should the photos be cited? Should I write something like "In Figure 4.5 [9]" or should I cite it in the Appendix? ...
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Is it OK to have many graphs, tables, and images in a masters thesis?

I am writing my master thesis. In my document I have lots of tables. images and graph. Is this have a bad effect on any academic person when want to evaluate my thesis. I ask this question because I ...
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Clear colormap for figures when printed?

I often produce figures with a surface with quantitative data attached, plotted in a heatmap type style (see figure). Previously, I've used the default matlab colormap for this but I recently noticed ...
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How should I cite a screenshot in APA style for my student paper?

When adding a reference to an image that is a screenshot, what is the proper way to cite in APA style? Also, who is considered the artist in this case? The person who took the screenshot, the website ...
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How to use copyrighted images in an article?

I have developed an educational software in which I make use of some copyrighted images, for example from Disney, and am now writing an article about it. How should I reference or cite that those ...
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Is it a good idea to put the logo of the university in my motivational letter?

I'm applying for a master's program, and one of the required documents is a motivational letter, in which I should briefly expose the reasoning behind my choice of program. I'm using a LaTeX template ...
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How should I cite 3 images that were used to compose a new image?

I used three images from Wikipedia to compose them to a new image. All other images (not that many) are created by myself. How should I cite them? The images are: ...
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Should the first letter of the axis label be uppercase?

Suppose you have a diagram in a bachelor's thesis (which is written in English) with one axis "mean stroke count" and the other "standard deviation" Should the first letter of "mean" and ...
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Is it appropriate to copy a drawing from a book in my master thesis? [duplicate]

I would like to know if it is appropriate to copy a drawing from a book (specifically a directed graph) and develop my theory on that drawing? It is sure that I am going to make a reference for that ...
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Font size of text within image/graph for MS Thesis

Can somebody suggest what should be the optimal font size of text like axis ticks, axis label, legend etc. ?
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Is it unprofessional to use graphics from Wikipedia in a poster?

Is it an acceptable practice to use simple graphics found on Wikipedia (and hence in Wikimedia Commons) in a conference poster? From the legal point of view, this seems to be fine, as long as the ...
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How to learn commenting on graphs and tables the right way?

I have attended many presentation where the presenter will show a graph/table in one of his/her slides, but they struggle to explain the semantics of the graph/table/results. I think there is much ...
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Should Figures and Tables follow a certain order or be at a specific location in a document?

This is a topic I constantly think about when writing a document. Often after I complete a document in Latex I would go through the document to make sure that the figures are where I want them to be ...
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Can images with a “noncommercial use only” licence be used in teaching and academic presentations?

Can I use images with a "noncommercial use only" license (such as CC-BY-NC) in my slides, both for teaching and conference talks?
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Is it a good idea to connect data points on a plot to increase readability in slides?

I have a graph of points from a set of experiments, that I want to present on a slide. The important information in the graph is both the values of the points, and more significantly, that the green ...
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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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What should I do when images in a publication appear to have been faked?

I just came across a paper published in a journal (IF < 2), which has used a couple of images without mentioning the source. This itself is not necessarily a problem. But they seem to be from a ...
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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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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)ยน: Surface plots: While surface plots are quite nice to visualise data if you can interactively move ...
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Is it a violation of copyright if I draw and publish a figure very similar to another person's published figure?

I am pursuing a PhD (computer science) from one of the reputed Indian universities. I have prepared some white papers for publication in coming journals. I prepared these papers by myself. I referred ...
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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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Are there any guidelines for labeling axes in plots/graphs?

What are best practices (if any exist) for labeling axes in plots/graphs for academic documents, such as theses, publications, or presentations? Possible options are to use the variable, spell out ...
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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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How to reuse a figure from a patent? Is it free to reuse?

I recently came across a journal article that included and referenced a figure (photograph) from a US patent. I found the patent, and I would like to use the same figure, and I'm wondering who the ...
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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 ...