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Software to draw illustrative figures in papers [closed]

I would like to have suggestions of good software for drawing illustrations in research papers. I already know about Xfig, but this works only on Linux and is at times, clunky when it comes to text. ...
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Are there good reasons to avoid using color in research papers?

I do scientific research, and I noticed for a lot of plots, the different curves are represented with different styles, but they are all black. For instance, one curve may be a solid line, one may be ...
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Can I use images showing up in Google search for my presentation slides without violating any copyright?

I am teaching a freshman science course for the first time and I am doing also outreach activities in high schools. To be able to attract the young generation to science one has to connect 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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I'd like to use a figure from a paper; what's the best way to do this?

So, I've seen a really nice figure in a paper; what's the best way to 'get a copy'? Will it be on the publisher's website? Do I need to draw my own version? Email the author? And, finally, how does ...
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Should I include funny pictures in my slides?

I am preparing slides for a short (10min) talk at the group meeting. The talk is about a fairly serious piece of (pure) mathematics, and it so happens that there is a very relevant one-panel webcomic. ...
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Is it unethical/unscientific to omit outlier data in a publication when they are in FAVOR of your argument?

I have a scatter(log-)plot with some 10,000 data points that plots the running time of some algorithm against the input on random instances of some problem. I have a lot of these plots, and due to ...
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Software for extracting data from a graph without having to click on every single point?

There are many times when I am faced with the task of extracting data from a published graph (usually a bitmap image in an paper). For example, a scatter plot from which I would like to get a list of ...
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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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How do some researchers have such beautiful figures in publications, while their homepages look simple?

Do some PIs who publish in Nature, Cell or Science collaborate with professional designers? The thing is that I have never seen it mentioned in their work. Is it a service offered by the journals? Or ...
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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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How did authors prepare figures in their publications before the advent of computers?

I am often amazed at how neat figures in old scientific publications are. How did authors prepare those plots and diagrams, when there were no computers around? Did they draw them by hand? Were there ...
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Is copying an image from a previous paper of mine and citing its source considered self-plagiarism or unprofessional?

Last year, I wrote a paper and it got accepted and was presented at a conference. This year, I am writing a more in-depth paper about a similar subject; but since one of the figures in my first paper ...
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Criticizing other people's figures on my webpage

A few months ago I started collecting papers that contain figures I think convey information in a very efficient manner (i.e., figures that I think are very well illustrated and that should serve as ...
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Is the PNG file format acceptable for academic papers?

When I have to use Microsoft Word for writing a paper, I tend to export most my graphs and charts into the PNG image format since I find it the most convenient due to its smaller size (than TIFF) and ...
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What should I do when images in a publication appear to have been faked?

I just came across a paper published in a journal (IF < 2), which has used a couple of images without mentioning the source. This itself is not necessarily a problem. But they seem to be from a ...
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Clear colormap for figures when printed?

I often produce figures with a surface with quantitative data attached, plotted in a heatmap type style (see figure). Previously, I've used the default matlab colormap for this but I recently noticed ...
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Are there any guidelines for labeling axes in plots/graphs?

What are best practices (if any exist) for labeling axes in plots/graphs for academic documents, such as theses, publications, or presentations? Possible options are to use the variable, spell out ...
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Is it unprofessional to use graphics from Wikipedia in a poster?

Is it an acceptable practice to use simple graphics found on Wikipedia (and hence in Wikimedia Commons) in a conference poster? From the legal point of view, this seems to be fine, as long as the ...
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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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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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The advantage of EPS over PDF? And why so many journals ask for EPS alone?

I have been curious about why so many journals only accept EPS for vector graphs rather than PDF. It is indeed weird because these journals have to convert EPS figures to PDF anyway. Adobe also ...
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Reproducing figures in blog/SE posts

Sometimes when I am writing a review blog post (or an answer on SE), it is convenient to include a figure from the original paper. Some journals (say PNAS) have policies that explicitly allow non-...
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When to use a table vs. a plot to present numeric information?

I find that in many cases, either a table or a plot will do an equally good job of presenting numeric information. Does anyone have any advice or even rules about when to prefer using a table over a ...
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What are good principles for creating figures?

This thought came into mind when I was reading Points of view: Elements of visual style. While there are a lot of questions on software and strategies to make and edit figures, I am more curious ...
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Visualization tool for paper citations

Does anyone know if there is a tool that takes a paper (pdf) and is able to produce a directed graph of the citations, and if possible take the papers that are cited and use the citations of those ...
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How much do figures need to differ to avoid copyright claims?

It sometimes arise that I need to use, for an article, a book chapter or any other written work, figures that I have already published (not figures published by others). These are usually schematic ...
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In what situations would it be appropriate to include one's photograph in a CV?

I think I have only seen one CV where a photograph of the CV owner was included. I personally wouldn't want to put my photograph in my CV, but I was wondering, in what situations would including a ...
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Publishing figures: Serif or Sans-serif fonts?

Whenever I am creating figures for publication, I often wonder if I should be using a serif or sans-serif font. I browse the journals in my field and notice that there is no standard, just chaos. 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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Shirtless picture on the academic page of a Ph.D. candidate seeking postdoc

I will finish my Ph.D. soon and am seeking a postdoc position. To this purpose, I am creating my page, hosted by my university. Personally, I don't generally take pictures of myself and don't like to....
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Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it?

Should a figure/table go before or after the first paragraph that references it in an academic paper? I cannot find a definitive answer on this. The general advice is to place the figure/table as ...
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Why do some journals want figures at the end?

This is one question that probably has an archaic answer. I recently reviewed a paper for a journal that stuck all the figures at the end (with placeholders in-text). Where I publish, we typically ...
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Describing figures vs letting figures speak for themselves

I'm writing a journal article that involves many comparisons within and across groups. Visually, these comparisons are quite easily understood. However, describing them in text requires the use of ...
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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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Should figure captions include the "take home message" that the figure conveys?

Should figure captions only describe all of the necessary components (e.g. the meaning of axes, etc.) or can the figure caption also include a brief sentence about the main conclusion drawn from the ...
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Recreating images from a source

In the field I work in, it is customary to use a graphical representation of some mathematical concepts. For my thesis, I have been creating a batch of figures containing these representations. These ...
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Using images with CC-BY-SA license in slides or a thesis

If I am using images with a copyleft license (e.g. CC-BY-SA), each of them as a separate, properly attributed piece, does it mean that the whole work (be it slides, a thesis or a book) need to be ...
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Do high-profile journals edit authors’ figures?

I have a paper published in a Angewandte Chemie, “one of the most renowned chemistry journals”, and realized that the figures have been edited from the version I had submitted. They did not tell us ...
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How does copyright work on screen captures?

I am writing an article comparing three pieces of software. I have taken screen shots of all of them and would like to use them in a non-open access article. Given the intended journal, there is a ...
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Monochrome vs grayscale in scientific journals?

Many scientific journals accept only black & white articles. Does this mean that only monochrome (black and white only) articles or also grayscale (gray is OK) article are OK? The same question ...
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Where to put explanation of figures, in caption or in text?

I am writing an article which include some complicated figures. These figures are networks with different colored nodes. About these figures, for example, I want to say: Red nodes show XX, blue nodes ...
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Design of "Members Page" for Academic Lab Website?

I am a Computational Biologist as part of an academic lab group working on the Immunogenomics of disease vectors (which may be relevant to the following). I am designing part of a web-page that ...
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Why include a table of figures?

Many postgraduate theses include as part of their front matter a List of Figures and a List of Tables, plus lists of various other special environments. Many institutions, including my own, directly ...
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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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Request for high res figures: what should I be mindful of?

A researcher in my field has written to ask me high resolution files for 5 figures from 3 different papers of mine. He states: Currently I am revising one review article where I have used several ...
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How to legally re-use images in paper and still continue to use and distribute them in slides?

I have created several figures that are a part of presentation slides. As usual for presentation slides, those were not published in any official proceedings (just the underlying paper, that didn't ...
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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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Should the first letter of the axis label be uppercase?

Suppose you have a diagram in a bachelor's thesis (which is written in English) with one axis "mean stroke count" and the other "standard deviation" Should the first letter of "mean" and "standard"...
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Book recommendations for information visualization?

When writing papers, one specific problem is how to effectively organize the data we want to present so as to enable the audience and readers to quickly understand what we want to demonstrate. I've ...

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