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what is the best software for drawing mechanical mechanism? [closed]

I want a software which I can use to draw mechanisms like this picture: Update: the author told me that : "the figure was made in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator by tracing the hand-drawn kinematic ...
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How to indicate that a drawing has been re-adapted and expanded or integrated from another published illustration?

I've got this illustration of a block diagram published in a book. It's quite a basic concept of surface metrology but I've been inspired by it, I've redrawn the diagram using LaTeX with another ...
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Is it acceptable that I plot a time-series figure with years increasing from right to left?

I have a plot like this in my paper, but one of the co-authors says The x-axis is backward. I think as long as keeping all figures in the same style, it is ok. But I am not sure if there is really ...
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Can I publish photos or reconstructed drawing of the internal part of a patented instrument?

I am doing a publication using a specific optical instrument protected by different patents. To see how it works I opened it and I have redrawn the arrangement of the optical components. Am I allow to ...
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Recommended tools for graphs and charts

I have seen a couple of images in several papers like those attached below. These images are really expressive also nice i.e. look very scientific. I have no idea how to generate such images since I ...
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Attribution of diagrams made with Creative Commons software

If I want to use diagrams I created using GeoGebra in a dissertation or paper, how do I properly credit/give attribution? The terms of service say: We grant you permission to use the Website ...
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Is it illegal or unethical to use plotting and graphics styles that mimic those from newspapers and websites?

I am a researcher and publish my findings in academic journals, websites/blogs, and social media. The results often involve plots and other graphics, and I try to make them as attractive as possible. ...
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Can I release my drawings with creative common licence before using them in non-open access journal or proceedings?

I spend quite a lot of time drawing images for my research projects, I really don't like that when the editor publish these images I lose the rights on them. So usually I release them on the web under ...
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Work flow for publishing figures under Common Creative license (in order to ease re-use in journal publications)

There are already answered questions on academia.SE about the re-use of already published figures. Here, a IMHO quite simple solution was proposed but triggered the question "Why is not everyone doing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Correctly formulate Figure caption: refer the reader to the web version of the paper?

I have included a pretty complex map with about 10 different colors in my scientific paper in forest ecology. I am looking for a standard formule which is applied in this case, something as : For ...
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What are the steps for republishing imagery held in archives?

I want to reuse, in a new work, some period drawings and paintings that are held in various libraries and archives. Presumably this means paying for their time spent helping me. To make the process go ...
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Should I obtain permission for publishing a vector drawing based on a published photo?

I have drawn a schematic image of a museum object for use in my forthcoming paper. The object itself is over 1000 years old, and my vector drawing is based on a photograph published in an exhibition ...
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What is the best way to merge subfigures and convert to a required format for submission to a journal?

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 ...
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Good methods for creating high quality scatterplots [closed]

What free programs/software are best for creating publication-quality scatterplots? I'm looking for something like this: Square, small (take ups about 1/4 to 1/3 of a single column in a two-column ...
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Breaking figure order by referencing a figure in a later section

I am submitting an SPIE journal article. In between references to figure 5 and figure 6, I reference figure 14 (which appears in a much further section) as an example of something specific. One of my ...
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Using Google Trends diagram in a scientific paper to show evidence of interest in an area

I am preparing a paper for a conference. At some point, I want to show that one area is gaining more interest over another area. Do you think that using a google trend diagram as a supportive (not the ...
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Does careful selection of graph colors in a manuscript have any positive impact on reviewers?

I have just completed an article in which results are interpreted by means of 3D-plots; there are almost 15 plots in my article. Since plots could have a major impact on the reviewers’ decision, I am ...
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Why do some publication venues prefer TIFF over some vector formats?

Why do some publication venues prefer TIFF over some vector formats? Example: Most figure file formats are acceptable, although TIFF is preferable.
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Where should figure captions be placed if the journal asks you to place each of them on a separate page at the end of the article?

I want to submit my article to a journal that states Tables and figures should have captions and legends. Each of them should appear on a separate page at the end of the article. Does this mean ...
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Are there conventions for research paper flowcharts?

Other than obvious aspects such as being legible, clear, and understandable (at least in theory) are there any mainstream conventions for flowcharts in research papers? I'm talking about scientific ...
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Can I include images licensed CC BY-NC 4.0 in a conference paper?

I'm writing an academic paper, which hopefully will be accepted and published in the conference proceeding. In order to explain my idea, I'm also drawing a figure including a free image licensed by ...
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Can I copy an image from another paper (that I am citing)?

I am in the process of writing a paper on the results I have obtained recently. One of the steps where I have innovated is extracted from a paper published some years ago. My idea for the paper was ...
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How to label figures in response letter, so as to distinguish between figures in the letter and figures in the manuscript?

I am looking for the correct way to write the caption name of figures in the response letter for a submission to an Elsevier journal. In the manuscript, the name is Fig. 1. This is caption I need ...
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Caption for a figure reproduced from a CC-licensed document

In a research paper for a journal, which uses Science magazine publication style, I'm reproducing a diagram from a document, which has a Creative Commons (CC)-based open document license. The diagram (...
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“It is our policy not to include attributions of figures and tables” - what does this mean?

I just received some proofs of an accepted paper, for me to review prior to publication. The email from the publication staff included the following paragraph: It is our policy not to include ...
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Using materials from a CC-BY-licensed poster with logos

I would like to borrow a figure (likely as is) and/or a stylized table (likely adapted) to use in a survey research paper, to which I'm contributing my part(s) as one of co-authors (those materials ...
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Whether to exclude standard deviation in plot of outcomes of a series of experiments?

I have performed 21 different experiments, which I have repeated 3 times in total (63 samples gathered). I plan to compare data using a bar plot. For bar plotting, I initially decided that I will ...