A friend of mine helped to created figures shown in my thesis. I know that you do not need te reference figures created yourself. (How) am I supposed to give credits to my friend?

Is there a special Latex record or field?

  • Are you specifically focused on citation style only or do you want more general advice on how to acknowledge the figures you use?
    – Buffy
    Jan 19, 2021 at 12:46
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    Generally this goes in an acknowledgments section, unless the figure warrants coauthorship.
    – Spark
    Jan 19, 2021 at 14:53
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    All figures from official sources (papers, webpages, books, articles) are correctly referrences. I only wanted advice with regard to creditting my friend for creating the figures. I think the acknowledgement section will suffice. Jan 19, 2021 at 15:09

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There are the usual LaTex characters for registered trademark and copyright though I doubt if your friend will press for these. It would be unseemly I feel if you were to put ref numbers on each or any of these figures with a footnote on the page end; or even to make a reference comment at the end of the thesis. However I've seen trademark symbols in engineering theses where a branded material was being evaluated - in fact they were everywhere that material was mentioned !

In every research publication there is a space for Acknowledgements. Journal publications have it towards the end, theses have it before Chapter 1. In this section you pay tribute to many named and/or unnamed colleagues and friends for practical assistance and helpful discussions. Explicit mention of the party providing the set of figures in question would be best placed here. If the person normally provides such figures on a professional basis, e.g. a graphic content designer in private practice, you may mention the business name but not perhaps any web site address. If the person is a university employee, e.g. someone working in the university printing press, you may mention their bureau. For example,


" ... and a special thanks to John Smythe of Magraphix for design work on figures 3.m - 3.w . . ."


" ... and a special thanks to Soraya Helegloglu at Trinity College London Press for design work on figures 3.m - 3.w . . ."

  • "theses have it before Chapter 1" - That's one out of two possibilities.
    – user151413
    Jan 19, 2021 at 16:13
  • You've seen it after the end of the thesis proper ?
    – Trunk
    Jan 20, 2021 at 13:20
  • Sure. I'd even consider it the normal option in the theses I've seen.
    – user151413
    Jan 20, 2021 at 13:49
  • I saw one engineering thesis with an acknowledgements section immediately after the conclusions and suggestions for further work sections. It was quite long read like he'd got a helluva lot of help from everyone on everything. Almost like the acknowledgements at the end of a mojor political biography.
    – Trunk
    Jan 20, 2021 at 14:22
  • What are you trying to say?
    – user151413
    Jan 20, 2021 at 14:27

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