Currently I am writing a paper and would like to cite specific things in the related work section of other papers.

For example:

In figure 4 in name of the related work [\cite] you can see distortions after applying equation 8 of [\cite]. XYZ et. al. have stated this appears due to ...

Would this be legit?

Basically I do not need the most stuff out of this paper which I want to cite, just this one figure, equation and their explanation why this happened. The main research in that paper is irrelevant for me.


It's quite normal to site specific parts of a reference. Pointing at a figure is very much like citing a large block of text. It is legitimate.

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