Queries related to graphical representations in academic publications, documents, or websites.

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Axis naming for multiple parameters in one graph

I have four angles and I like to show them in a angle–time graph using Matlab’s plot function. The problem is the naming of vertical y-axis. Should it be: plural, i.e., Position Angles since the ...
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Whether to exclude standard deviation in plot of outcomes of a series of experiments?

I have performed 21 different experiments, which I have repeated 3 times in total (63 samples gathered). I plan to compare data using a bar plot. For bar plotting, I initially decided that I will ...
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Figures in a results/discussion page

My professors always point out that figures only serve as a supplement to the results. They should not be the main star of the results/discussion section. The writer must be able to articulate the ...
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Duke University Library Logo [closed]

I am not sure if this question is within the scope of this community, but I am rather dumbfounded by the logo of Duke University Libraries, which can be found near the bottom left corner of its ...
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Why are “Graphical abstracts” advantageous?

Although it is optional, many publishers recommend creating a graphical abstract. According to some, this can provide greater exposure of your article: its use is encouraged as it draws more ...
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Is it valid to pad an axis slightly in order to enhance point visibility?

My apologies in advance if this questions is better suited to be migrated elsewhere. In a standard (X,Y) Cartesian line/dot plot the axis should be placed in a contextually logical place. In a graph ...
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Pseudocode, in a paper — is it a figure or a table?

The question is simple: I have to insert more pseudo codes in my paper. Last year we have labeled them as Table. Yesterday, my supervisor has said me to use Figure. What is the standard for IEEE ...
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Where to put explanation of figures, in caption or in text?

I am writing an article which include some complicated figures. These figures are networks with different colored nodes. About these figures, for example, I wanna say: Red nodes show XX, blue nodes ...
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Using others' figures, illustrations, and diagrams

I am writing up a chapter of a literature review and I thought to add two figures to illustrate the theory of that subject of my research. These two figures are available in the literature and they ...
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Is it more common to refer to subplots as a “frame” or a “panel”?

In scientific publications, when referring to a figure with multiple plots, often labeled using (a), (b), etc., is it more common to refer to each subplot as a "frame" or a "panel"? Are both correct ...
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Reference for image drawn by yourself, but originated from others? [duplicate]

I am using some images (among others: Laser niveaus) in my thesis. I am drawing them myself with tikz, but as a guidance I use images and data from papers and books. Should I reference them, and if ...
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Shirtless picture on the academic page of a Ph.D. candidate seeking postdoc

I will finish my Ph.D. soon and am seeking a postdoc position. To this purpose, I am creating my page, hosted by my university. Personally, I don't generally take pictures of myself and don't like ...
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Should figure captions include the “take home message” that the figure conveys?

Should figure captions only describe all of the necessary components (e.g. the meaning of axes, etc.) or can the figure caption also include a brief sentence about the main conclusion drawn from the ...
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How do I create a diagram in this specific style? [closed]

I am unsure if this is the right place to ask this but I have seen this style of diagrams (shamelessly stolen from this question): mostly in an academic setting, i.e. assignments, exams, ...
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Should I include funny pictures in my slides?

I am preparing slides for a short (10min) talk at the group meeting. The talk is about a fairly serious piece of (pure) mathematics, and it so happens that there is a very relevant one-panel webcomic. ...
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Modified picture based on three different sources - citations needed?

I am thinking about where the borderline is with citations. I made a new picture based on three different sources, so I wrote under the picture "adapted from [3,6,9]." This, however, seems to be ...
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Is it better to repeat a caption or reference an identical caption?

I am presenting several (11) data sets in a written communication (my dissertation). I have grouped the data separating it into several figures which fill two and a half pages, one after the other. ...
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Recreating images from a source

In the field I work in, it is customary to use a graphical representation of some mathematical concepts. For my thesis, I have been creating a batch of figures containing these representations. These ...
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Can I use purchased graphics in an academic paper/poster?

I've purchased a bundle of infographic element sets (templates for charts, graphs etc) which are licensed for personal and commercial use. Would it be generally acceptable to use a template I've ...
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Can I use data and images found online in my project report, under the fair use clause in copyright law?

I am a mechanical engineering graduate student, and am working on my final project. I am doing a finite element analysis of a particular phenomenon. I was hoping to find test data of that particular ...
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Repeat same table or figure in different chapters or use cross references?

It's my understanding that APA discourages repeating the same data in different tables; i.e., if you find yourself doing that, then maybe you need a table that combines the data in a different way. ...
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What can I do to make figures I've created generally available so others can use them?

I have spend over a day making beautiful figures in Tikz for project proposal seminar. The figure are beautiful (the code is not). These figures are to an extent reusable, since they are about ...
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Is it frowned upon to have a figure in the introduction of a Masters thesis?

Is it common practise/frowned upon to have a figure in the introduction chapter of a thesis? The figure is not a 'picture', but a relatively small tree diagram that in my opinion shows the structure ...
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Should I cite logos and clip-art in my thesis?

In my presentation I am using a block diagram which contains few logos (like Mathworks, visual studio) and some clip-art (like desktop, hardware board) . I got these from various random websites from ...
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Is a tree/graph visualization of methods literature a useful addition to lit review? [closed]

My PhD proposal includes a short lit review (3-4 pages). Some of the finest Proposal lit review examples I have been given have made good use of tables and plots to summarize the development of ...
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Is it recommended not to have a figure on the first page of an IEEE journal article?

I have been browsing through a few IEEE journal articles and couldn't find an example where there was a figure on the first page of the article. So I tried to find the rule that explicitly forbids the ...
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Most effective free software for publication-grade structure diagrams [closed]

I have done extensive research on trying to find free software that I can use to create publication quality structure diagrams with but have yet to find something suitable. Tools I currently know ...
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Best practice of presenting running time results?

Often I come across the following situation: I have some experimental evaluation of running times of a new algorithm. Printing the running times in a table is good. Adding a plotted diagram ...
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Is it unethical/unscientific to omit outlier data in a publication when they are in FAVOR of your argument?

I have a scatter(log-)plot with some 10,000 data points that plots the running time of some algorithm against the input on random instances of some problem. I have a lot of these plots, and due to ...
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Where to include acknoledgement for used graphics

In the current technical report that I write, I have used graphic from an online-source where their policy requires that the author of the drawing has to be acknowledged in case that the drawing is to ...
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Should I require a student to acknowledge or change a color scheme from a common paper?

When I wrote my first paper, I experimented a bit with different colour styles until I found one that was both clear and aesthetically pleasing. I’ve since used it for all papers where I was first ...
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Can I cite in a caption?

I am using an image from a users’ manual of a piece of software, and I was wondering if I can put a citation in the caption of the image. For example: Figure 1.3 Illustration of WonderSoft’s ...
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Do I need to cite an artwork? How would I do it? Is permission needed?

In my dissertation, I have well over 100 figures, and would like to use an artwork I found online in one of my figures - it is not published in any book, it is just something they made and posted ...
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How to legally re-use images in paper and still continue to use and distribute them in slides?

I have created several figures that are a part of presentation slides. As usual for presentation slides, those were not published in any official proceedings (just the underlying paper, that didn't ...
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Is it reasonable to purchase a professionally designed logo/brand for a research group?

I have seen a few research groups that have a "stylized" look, including a logo/slide template that is used by the PI and his/her students. [My particular research area is adjacent to computer ...
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Is there an official way to include an image from the internet in a paper?

For a paper we're writing, we need to use a small image of a popular, easily recognized piece of consumer electronics. In previous drafts of the paper, a long time ago, someone made an image for the ...
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Using images with CC-BY-SA license in slides or a thesis

If I am using images with a copyleft license (e.g. CC-BY-SA), each of them as a separate, properly attributed piece, does it mean that the whole work (be it slides, a thesis or a book) need to be ...
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How can I find images to use in my thesis that are free/unrestricted by copyright?

I need to add some images to my thesis. I would strongly prefer that these are free (no cost) and not restricted by copyright. I have used Google Image to find images, I don't know how to determine ...
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How do I cite a screenshot I've taken of a software program?

How to write a proper reference for an image I'm going to use for my thesis? This image is a screenshot of a software installed on my own PC and I am the one who took it myself. It's not from another ...
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How to provide attribution to a media source in a research paper?

I'm working on a project report which we plan to publish as a research paper later after some more work. In my report I have used some images from the Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. They all are ...
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Reuse published images

I recently wrote an invited book chapter containing figures from different of my own papers that were previously published at ACM conferences. Can I reuse them (with citations to the original papers) ...
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Monochrome vs grayscale in scientific journals?

Many scientific journals accept only black & white articles. Does this mean that only monochrome (black and white only) articles or also grayscale (gray is OK) article are OK? The same question ...
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What are the restrictions placed by copyright laws on reuse of figures in dissertation defense?

In some sense this question follows the question: Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation? Following F'x's advice and my own ...
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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 TIFF) 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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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 ...