I'm currently preparing a paper for publication and so trying to construct the figures. I'm finding it more difficult than making figures for a report mainly because journals expect one figure file for each figure, regardless of whether it contains subfigures or not. This leads to some problems/hurdles:
- I can't use LaTeX's
\subfigpackage, so I have to manually place an (a), (b) and (c) on the figure and keep track of the caption if the ordering of these changes.
- Journals' rules about figure submission vary quite a lot, some can take pdfs, some want vector graphics, others raster.
- I have to somehow merge the output from various programs into a single file; for example diagrams made with Tikz make up the same figure as a graph plotted with python's matplotlib.
- With having to merge subfigures in such a way, my workflow becomes quite convoluted if I have to modify one of the subfigures, and then regenerate the single figure file.