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How to create plots with very thin bars [closed]

How does one create graphs like the following. I could not reproduce this from Excel as all the designs seems to be making the bars thicker and overlapping without gaps
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Line Graph of a Solution containing three different components? [closed]

I am not sure if I am posting this query in the correct forum, so please forgive me if I've got this wrong.  I am doing a research paper into the effect of different macronutrient ratios on sleep (...
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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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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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What can I do with multi-subfigure figures on ResearchGate.net

As many of us are aware, ResearchGate.net is a popular site on which researchers showcase their publications. In addition to the PDF for a published work, the site interface allows you to upload PDFs ...
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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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Figures in foreign language

I am currently writing my master's thesis in English in Germany. One of the sources I found has a relevant figure that I would like to show and properly cite in my thesis, however this figure is in ...
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How were the figures in old pre-TeX research papers and books created?

If you see old pre-TeX-era classic research papers, technical articles and books the figures still look pretty good. They seem to be hand drawn but with some components of computerization. For ...
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Fancy/pretty or concise and informative plots?

I am writing my Master's degree Thesis in Economics and I'm dealing with quite a lot of plots (my topic is more related to statistics, in particular I'm working with B-spline free knot placement) and ...
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line chart or column chart [closed]

I want to show the average response time based on number of tasks on a device on a chart. So the x-axis is "number of tasks" and y-axis is "average response time". My question is which charts I can ...
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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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Is there any evidence that graphical abstracts are beneficial?

I've seen some journals now require (or at least suggest) including a graphical abstract for publication. In particular, Elsevier/Cell seems to advocate strongly for graphical abstracts as they can ...
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How should I organize my life towards a PhD in the next year?

After graduating and working for a few months I decided that I will quit my job to pursue a master's and then a PhD. Before doing any applications I want to spend time reading the literature in ...
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Is it common practice to insert images at the top of a page? [duplicate]

This is not a question about how to insert images at the top, but rather asking whether or not this is common practice. The template I've received from my university automatically inserts figures at ...
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Copyright and reference for explanatory diagram

I have a schematic diagram that I created and have used in a published peer-reviewed conference paper. It is not part of the method or the results for the paper, just an explanatory diagram giving ...
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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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