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

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What image edits are appropriate for a journal figure?

Journals allow some leeway for editing images as long as you do not selectively edit parts of the image and the image edits do not change the evidence provided by the image. In practice this seems to ...
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Which software/website is used to make diagrams like these? These look really good and this seems to be the most popular style I see in publications [closed]

I see this style of diagrams in most good IEEE conference papers/journals and wish to know which software is used for these? They seem to be able to lighten parts of diagram, use multiple colours etc.
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How do you adjust the size of figures for a journal paper?

As you know figures in a journal paper must have a specific width (e.g. column width or full paper width), however, adjusting the figure size after plotting it changes the resolution and makes the ...
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Copyright permissions vs fair use to include an image from Amazon

Hopefully, this isn't too off-topic or repetitive. I'm writing my dissertation, and I am finishing up the last chapter discussing some of the experiments I did. In that chapter, I discuss a pump I ...
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Question on Figures in PhD Dissertations

I am in the early stages of thinking how to structure and write my dissertation. In the course of doing so, I have been spending a lot of time reviewing unpublished dissertations via my universities ...
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Citing photographs shared through social media in thesis

I have included two photographs related to my research in my thesis. The photographs were shared with me by my connections on Facebook as private messages. How can I state the source of the ...
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Citing figures in APA 7th Ed

In my thesis I used two figures from a textbook, I included the proper citation under the figures in APA format (i.e. stating the copyright and all that) and I read that I also need to cite them in my ...
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How to learn to prepare good scientific illustrations?

I have recently started to appreciate the importance of illustrations and figures in scientific publications. Be it a visual abstract, a visual TOC, or part of a poster or a presentation, I always ...
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How to deal with large figures in draft of a paper

I am working on a draft of a paper and I have large figure that does not fit into 1 page. I can split the figure into two, but I wonder what is the appropriate way of doing it. Two ways that I ...
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I want to include a figure from a paper I wrote and is now published in a blog article, what's the best way to do this?

I was reading this question, and I was wondering what differences related to copyright (if any) there might be if I want to include one of the figures from an article I wrote and had published in a ...
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May I reuse the same figure in a different paper?

May I reuse a figure from one of my previous paper? Or should I ask for the permission to the journal in which that paper is published? The figure is not a plot but a diagram.
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How to improve my graphical abstracts?

I am about to submit my third first author paper in the field of chemistry. Every journal we submitted to required to submit a graphical abstract along with the paper. I have some basic Photoshop ...
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Where should I place my figure if it will break essay layout?

I've been struggling with the placement of a figure in my essay (using APA style if that helps). Basically, I reference it in a paragraph that is fairly close to the bottom of the page, but probably ...
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Reuse figure from research

I want to reuse a figure from research with an Attribution 4.0 International license; I want to contact the author to ask his permission. However, I couldn't find any way to contact him. What should I ...
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How to number figures inside footnotes

I cannot think of an instance where I saw a figure inside a footnote in any published work, but in my specific case it seems appropriate to put one there. However, since this is a rather uncommon ...
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Is it conventional to provide a list of GUI element descriptions in a thesis?

I'm currently writing my dissertation/thesis regarding my Rubik's Cube Solver program (sounds more exciting than it actually is haha). Anyway, I have created a GUI to visualize and animate the cube ...
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Adding pictures to mathematical academic papers [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is this "universal" program that generates a picture of a graph (you make), then exports it to SVG form. The SVG is because I want to export my whole project to PDF, ...
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What is the best alternative to plotting a figure with colors in an article?

I would like to add this plot to my article but it has lots of colors which I'm not in favor of. This figure represents a continuous value as a function of the number of sources that has been ...
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Academic publishing: advanced questions about figure/table positioning

I am writing a textbook and am in the process of making final adjustments, such as the positioning of figures and tables. I know the basics: figures and tables need to be at the top or bottom of the ...
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Should we allow reuse a image in a publication as long as it is properly cited and noted?

Sometimes it is easier for the reader to understand a image if it is reused, even in the same publication. Just like we sometimes need to go back to a slide when doing a presentation. What is the ...
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How were scientific plots made in the 1960s?

I've been going over a few papers from the '60s, broadly in physics sub-disciplines. The image below shows a very typical style of plot I come across frequently (1963). I'm guessing this was made by ...
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Does an academic paper need graphics?

I recently received feedback for a university-intern seminar paper where the reviewer implicitly stated, that every academic paper needs graphics. The paper was in the field of computer science. I am ...
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Publishing figures in conference abstracts - will this constitute formal “publication” that will preclude our publication of this figure in journal?

I have a manuscript in final stages of editing to submit it for publication, most likely to an ACS journal. My advisor would also like me to present this research in the upcoming ACS conference. I ...
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When does "copying" a math diagram become plagiarism?

If you copy paste a diagram from a paper/book onto your own work, without permission or attribution, that's plagiarism. What happens if you see a beautiful diagram about what you want to explain and ...
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How to accurately digitize plot data from figures available as vector graphics?

Measurement data in publications is often provided only within figures, while the original data is not available. There are some very useful tools around to digitize such data, such as the web ...
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How to cite/credit a photograph using Turabian?

I contacted some owner of some historical photographs and obtained permission to use them in my work. They asked I put a line under the photograph to indicate simply author and photo number (they have ...
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Formatting of images for publication with Matlab

I'm currently working on my first publication and heard from a colleague that the images must have precisely the same font size as the article's font. She told me that Origin could adjust this. ...
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APA Citation Followed by in-text reference to figure

I want to provide a parenthetical citation along with a reference to a figure in my text. What is the proper way to format this? Blah blah blah (Li et al., 1994, 1997) (Figure 1). Blah blah blah (Li ...
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What are best practices for designing publication-quality figures?

I am a postgraduate student in mathematics. I am writing my thesis, for which I need to prepare some Matlab plots and figures. I had sent some plots to my supervisor, and he suggested to use black for ...
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How to cite self-created images or pictures in thesis

When we put some images in a thesis, we provide a reference to its source where it’s located. If I have created my own images or pictures, how do I make it clear that they are my images and I did not ...
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An appropiate graph visualization? [closed]

I want to include a plot in my thesis to highlight regional differences in bicycle collision outcomes. Now there are several plot visualizations I could use, and I am not sure which one could be the ...
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Are there any guidelines for labeling axes in plots/graphs when the "unit" is "number of people"?

I have read the question Are there any guidelines for labeling axes in plots/graphs? and related answers and they cover the case where the unit is from the International System of Units (SI), but what ...
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Is it acceptable to have a figure caption running to the next page?

I have a large figure with a long caption of 300 words, and they really don't fit into one A4 page. Can I enlarge the figure to fit in the first page and let the caption run to the next page?
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How to cite a game and props invented by the researcher?

I am editing a paper to comply with APA 6th edition standards for credits, citations, and references. But the situation described next is new to me, and I could not find a satisfactory answer in the ...
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Referee wants me to add a plot – because the paper has none

Referee comments for my paper have just arrived: while one makes some circumstantial and useful observations, the other asks me to add a plot: The paper still does not contain a single plot. I ...
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Am I allowed to modify figures of a dissertation for my dissertation

Can I modify a figure of someone else's dissertation and use the modified picture in my dissertation? Or might this be a problem regarding the copyright? Of course I would cite the source which I got ...
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Is Excel-generated chart acceptable for publication? [closed]

I have always wondered, why it seems I have never seen people using excel-generated charts for publishing. Is excel considered less professional/not serious? Say I have a time-series like this. What ...
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How to label a performance profile

A performance profile is a particular type of plot popular in optimization. Basically, for each ratio R on the x axis, the y axis shows what is the fraction of the number of total tests that were ...
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When Does "Adapting" An Image Go Too Far? [duplicate]

I am interested in using a particular figure from the literature, but I do not want to go through the hassle of paying to use a figure. What I am wondering is if I made a similar figure, how easy is ...
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Bioinformatics pipeline flow chart guidelines? [closed]

I am going to start work on the Materials and Methods for a paper I contributed to a lot in the bioinformatics processing part. I have seen some papers nowadays tend to first present the processing ...
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What are some tools available for drawing good figures for computer science research papers and presentations [duplicate]

What are good choices to create figures in computer science research papers? Not talking about graphs here, just block diagrams and simple illustrations. For example, what is the tool that can be used ...
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Citing unpublished figure from an ex colleague

A former colleague has created a figure. The figure is not published and serves only as a mean for information sharing. I used to be a part of that research group and thus had access to it. I ...
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Is it proper to use google map image in scientific paper?

I have used a google map image as an illustration of street map within my study area. And I have submitted the paper containing this figure to a journal owned by Elsevier. Meanwhile, the reviewer ...
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How do researchers use published plots?

I was wondering how people deal with data represented with plots (of any kind) in a published paper, in particular for what regards Physics. When doing theoretical research (but not only), often you ...
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When is it appropriate to wrap text around an image in a scientific paper?

I am working on a paper and the prescribed style dictates that we should use a single column of text; however, we have some relatively tall and thin images. If they are included in the paper in line ...
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Does APA style satisfy AEA style requirements?

I see the AEA templates as well as APA guidelines. I'm in the process of assessing the question myself, but I'm wondering if anyone has a quick answer: If I format my paper according to APA guidelines ...
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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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What does "signposted" mean in the context of figures in a paper?

In the comments I received for a paper, the reviewers would like some of my figures' panels to be "signposted". I have no idea what it means other than it is supposed to be a technique to make the ...
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What do camera ready figures mean nowadays?

A journal I am submitting to requires camera-ready figures. What does this term mean nowadays? Does it imply high resolution? My figures are in png format and have 96 dpi. Enlarging it can produce ...
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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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