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Questions tagged [graphics]

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

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Suitable avenues (repositories) for self-publishing own figures (illustrations) under CC-BY-NC-ND prior to journal's final acceptance

My colleague and I are planning to submit a manuscript to an academic journal. As per the journal's policy, the publisher retains the copyright for all content. However, the journal is happy to ...
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Can I refer readers to link to a large figure?

I am preparing a journal paper and I have a very large figure in the SVG format that I would like to include in the paper. However, the figure is very hard to fit it inside the paper without affecting ...
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I believe a publisher is infringing copyright when reproducing a figure I created. What can I do?

A few months ago an Elsevier representative contacted me asking for permission to reproduce one of my thesis figures in one of their books. Since this figure is only in my thesis (introduction section)...
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Pay for journal cover image?

Wiley journals request payment from authors who want an image to appear on the journal cover. Is this a common practice followed by many publishers? Why do authors pay the fee?
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Could a paper be rejected due to poor quality of figures?

I recently saw a paper (biological sciences, genomics) that had such poor figures that made consider if I as a reviewer could have suggested rejection based on that. Issues in said paper: i. 3D-...
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What are good periodic color scales for density plots of angle-like function values? [closed]

I am writing several papers that require density plots of complex-valued functions of two variables f:R^2→C, where I'm primarily interested in the complex argument arg(f(x,y)) as a function of the ...
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Journal misattributes cover image and only offers correction. Is this normal?

My PI was guest-editing a (weak) special issue for a respectable Wiley journal. He asked me if I had "cool cover images" relevant to the subject matter. Indeed I did; I had had acquired them on my own ...
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Using my published work on another paper

I am currently working on a new publication that uses the same control algorithms that I implemented on another experiment. The controllers are well explained in the published paper but I wish to ...
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Figures in the introduction of a paper

I am preparing a paper for proceedings of a conference in the domain of engineering and physics. Is it formally acceptable to add a figure in the introduction? The idea is that I am explaining ...
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Is increasing the DPI of a low resolution image a good idea?

Today after a paper of mine got accepted I received this from the publisher (Elsevier): We have received the above article for publication, unfortunately figures x1, x2 and x3 are of low ...
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Is there a convention regarding frames around plots in engineering?

I am writing my PhD thesis in engineering at a research university in the US. My question is about using frames (or boxes) around a plot, specifically simulation results plotted as a function of time....
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Should I explain the type of a graph in my Masters thesis?

I've conducted a survey for my masters thesis and would like to show the results as a box plot: (The x-axis lists different skill / familarity levels, ranging from "none" to "expert") Should I ...
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Changing a graph during a review?

I am writing a machine learning manuscript for publication. In a figure I had two learning curves for parameter 1 (P1) and parameter 2 (P2). Now, the reviewer asked to incorporate parameter 3 (P3) ...
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Presenting a paper at a conference: Should I use the same figures as in the paper for the presentation

I submitted a paper (together with my team) for a conference. The paper has been accepted and I have been asked as speaker to present this work. In my presentation, should I try to use exact copies ...
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How do I check whether I retained copyright for a figure in a paper from ten years ago?

I have been contacted by a student who wants to reproduce a figure from a paper of mine in Phil Trans R Soc B (this one, in case it's pertinent) in their thesis. The paper itself is apparently not ...
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figures in the review, inspired by the photos in the experimental papers

I have a question about permission for the figures - I am preparing the review for the publication... All figures there are independent drawings (as an artwork etc). But on the last figure the parts ...
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How to handle colors of photorealistic images in publications

A long time ago in a classroom far, far away, I was taught that printed media should be understandable also when in monochrome, e.g. when printed out in black and white (cf. the issue specifically for ...
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How to cite: Table style adaption but not database [closed]

here's my question: I have my own data and I want to present the numbers in a professional way. So I have looked at other studies how they present ANOVA tables, Regression and so on. Now, I want to ...
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Is it possible to cite from an unknown source without plagiarising?

I am currently writing a document that needs pictures for visual representations of my topic. I’ve been browsing around on the Internet to find such picture. I found a very good picture that could be ...
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Upper or lower case in figures?

Is there any rule concerning the use of lower/upper case letters in figures, charts, diagrams etc. to be used in scientific papers? I tend to use lower case only (e.g., axis labels and legends), but ...
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Including Patients' Pictures in a Manuscript

I am going to include some pictures of patients in my manuscript, which will be submitted to a scientific journal for peer review. In order to keep the subjects’ identity and following the data ...
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Proper way of marking dimensions of a drawing in a paper [closed]

In a paper I am writing, I will give a figure that shows the mechanical dimensions of a object. I was wondering what the right way to reference the dimensions was, since I have seen multiple ways of ...
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Is it appropriate to reuse the same illustration in multiple papers?

I am a referee on a paper. I am concerned with the reuse in this paper of illustrations that appeared a year ago in a different article by the same authors in the same journal. In the earlier article ...
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What will I spend to license historic images?

I want to license illustrations (drawings, paintings, maps) for a black and white scholarly book. The fair use approach looks impractical, so the rights holders will dictate the terms, as yet unknown ...
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What images published in arXiv papers can I include in my education material?

I am going to give a course at my company and I'm looking online for images that I can use in my education material. Since many of the most interesting images suitable for this education exist in ...
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Asking authors to send figures from a paper in as separate pdf files

In my seminar I have to present a paper which has many nice figures. I use LaTeX and would like to insert some of these figures into my presentation and handout. Ideally, I want these figures to be ...
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Does red-line curve denotes better result in a graph? [closed]

In a colloquium, an eminent senior professor showed a graph from a peer-reviewed journal (published by some other group). The graph contained three curves: black dots (blurred) black line (blurred)...
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Are there guidelines for choosing colors in figures?

Are there guidelines how to choose colors for figures in papers? I know that about 5-10% of the population see colors differently. How do I create a figure that has to have at least 4-5 different ...
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Is it “fair use” to use figures from a publication in monetized educational material?

Is it considered "fair use" (i.e. legal) to use figures and/or images from a journal/conference publication, in educational material (possibly for a lay audience) that is monetized or monetizable, ...
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Is it okay to directly copy a diagram/image from another research paper into yours?

We are writing a research paper and for our experiments using a model/architecture that was created by other researchers for a specific task. We are using the same model in a modified way for a ...
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Best workflow for publication-quality figures with multiple subplots? [closed]

What’s the best way to create full publication-quality (i.e. vector) figures from multiple subplots, from various sources? For example, I want to include a TIFF microscopy image and an EPS plot ...
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Is it acceptable to graphically illustrate the steps of a research proposal?

I am currently preparing a research proposal with limited number of pages. As a picture is worth a thousand words; I was wondering if a graphic illustration could be provided that could highlight the ...
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Using a figure from a U.S. government publication

I would like to use a figure from a U.S. government publication in a research paper that I will submit for publication in a journal. In particular, I would like to use Figure IV-1 from JP 4-03. From ...
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Where to place tables/figures in APA style dissertation

In following APA style, I put my tables and figures at the end of the paper, after the references. For example, here they explicitly say to put them at the end. One of my committee members told me ...
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Placing large figures at end of paper

I have some elaborate drawings that need some space. I think putting them "inline" would break the flow of the (mathematics) paper. Questions: Where exactly should they go? Just before the ...
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How do some researchers have such beautiful figures in publications, while their homepages look simple?

I am pretty sure that some of the professors who publish in Nature, Cell or Science have some collaboration with professional designers. The thing is that I have never seen it mentioned in their work....
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How do I cite a screenshot from a paper?

There is an image in a paper that I want to use in my master’s thesis. I have the PDF file of this paper and I cant save the image from the file. So I have to take a screen shot. How should I cite the ...
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Compressing figures for paper submission

I recently submitted my first paper to a journal and had some trouble with the figures I uploaded. Specifically, the journal required vector graphics figures to be exported at 1200dpi, grayscale at ...
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Permissions and copyright for a figure from an unavailable source

I would like to use, in a journal manuscript, a figure for which the original source (a website) no longer exists. What can I do? I found the figure in a Ph.D thesis, the author of the thesis is ...
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Non-English content in English paper

I want to include an image in my lecture-note paper written in English. The image elements are fully made with non-English language. Below I show a part of the image: . I use this image because a ...
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Can I use figures from papers published by other authors in (the literature survey part) my thesis defense presentation?

Scholarly work usually requires comparing methods in the recent literature. Such work can be explained elaborately in words for an article but not so easily in a presentation. I would like to ...
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If an image covers the entire slide, where should I credit the author/licensor in a presentation?

Let's pretend I want to use this image from Wikimedia Commons Here's the license on the image: You are free: to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work to remix – to adapt ...
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I didn't ask permission before including figures in my thesis - now what?

I used a number of figures from journal articles in my master's thesis. I cited the sources in all cases, but didn't ask permission (I didn't know at the time that I was supposed to). Many posts on ...
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Dimensionless axis plots

How to properly label graphs that can be dimensionless? One of reviewers of my document strongly emphasised on labelling plots with which I generally strongly agree. On this occasion, however, I was ...
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Are there any guidelines regarding the choice of the markers in a graph?

There exist some guidelines on which colors should be used in the figures to ensure that they can be read by as many people as possible, such as color blind people (example (mirror)). Are there any ...
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Is it allowed to include graphs in a thesis without explicit permission? [duplicate]

In a thesis, is it allowed to include graphs from other papers without an explicit permission from the publisher? (assuming citation is provided)
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Is there any standardization of figures for scientific publication in any field?

Short Version: Making the data behind the figures openly available is undeniably a massive help to the research community. What are some enabling systematic efforts (standard, file format requirement, ...
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What could be incentives for publishers to waive fees for reusing figures?

I'm in charge to obtain permissions to reuse figures from previous publications for our future work. Our publisher is a STM-signatory so for most journals there is little problem as their publisher ...
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Where can I find free drawings or artwork to use for an article? [closed]

These days I see more and more nice pictures in articles, particularly in reviews or articles covering global patterns. I want to insert a nice drawing of a forest for example, to show ecological ...
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License of content in patent

What's the license of content in a patent? I'd like to refer to existing techniques and show obtained results by including a figure which is obtained from a patent. Am I allowed to do that? For ...