It's necessary for my current paper to compare some values from my work and previous work. Since the mean and std values of previous work are shown in their paper, could I plot some bar chart for the comparison between mine and theirs(of course I'll specify the source of the data)?

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Yes, you can do this. Note that data per se isn't copyrightable in most places. But citation is proper to avoid any charge of plagiarism.

  • Very much thanks!
    – C.K.
    May 9, 2021 at 11:30
  • In particular there is no problem or step to be taken if you replot the data togheter with your data in a new figure, except for a clear citation in caption and in the references list. Otherwise a side by side comparison will require permission.
    – Alchimista
    May 10, 2021 at 9:01

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