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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 ...
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“Percent” in chart title and on axis – redundant?

Consider the chart below: When writing percent in the title, and % on the axis marks, is this redundant? Is the word amount preferable? I haven’t seen this addressed in any style guides such as the ...
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How to export and cite Google Ngram Viewer result?

I am working on a paper (written in LaTeX) and want to include this result from Google Ngram Viewer, showing/comparing the frequency of word usage in published books over time: What is the proper way ...
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Author states that he is owner of his photographs but they have been published in various journals

I'm editing a volume and I am responsible to obtain permissions for figures and photographs the authors wish to use in their respective chapters. Now I have an author A who included several of his ...
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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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How to politely tell the PI I'm working with to use the vector format for images

I have been working on a paper that is now ready for submission. I put a lot of time into polishing my figures in Illustrator, which are very detailed bioinformatics visualizations. I sent the figures ...
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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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How to reference a picture from a website in a report?

Let's say that I have taken this picture in this webpage https://www.nde-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/Ultrasonics/js_apps/transducerBeamSpread/ If I did change some things in that ...
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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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Can I use figures from my article on my website after it is accepted but before being published, if I publish open access and retain the copyright?

I have a paper that was just accepted (but not yet published) in an open access journal. I am also upgrading my website right now, and I would like to know if I am allowed to post pictures which are ...
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Supervisor used graphic without crediting me

The following situation occurred: I was asked to modify a figure (originally published in a paper) to be used in a non-further-determined publication by my professor. I did substantially modify the ...
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How to spot problematic pictures in a publication? [duplicate]

A few professors from the National Taiwan University were caught manipulating experimental data in their publications on several prestigious journals this year. They were accused of using the same ...
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Is it legal to use images from social networks for research?

I would like to use images from social media (e.g. imgur, Facebook, Flickr etc) for research (ie not for profit or any industrial use). Would it be legal to use images (for analysis, etc), if I do ...
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Referencing images found in public domain [duplicate]

How should I reference images found in public domain in my thesis? I mean, if it would be copyrighted, I would add a comment a la "reproduced with permission from X". If it would be under Creative ...
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Created a figure for a colleague's thesis, want to use that myself as well

A colleague of mine who also writes a master thesis in lattice QCD (theoretical/computational physics) asked me to make him a few simple figures with TikZ. They show a fundamental concept and are not ...
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Conceptual graphs in a business subject PhD thesis

I have my thesis ready now. I don't have many graphs apart from some for my findings. After reviewing papers and a couple of thesis in my field I noticed many of them presented conceptual graphs ...
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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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Can I withdraw a paper from IEEE conference after signing the copyright form?

I have submitted a manuscript using figures from google. I have cited the web pages from where I have found the figures in my article. The figures are actually figures of apparatus. Later I learnt ...
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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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Commissioning artist to make a figure

I have the idea to commission a local artist to make an artistic version of a couple of figures I often use for presentations, and that I would probably use for my thesis cover. The figures does not ...
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Copyright-related advice for graphic designer creating content for academic publications

I'm in the following situation: I'm a researcher and hold a degree in life sciences. I also like graphic design and occasionally doodle up a figure to include in a report or such. I'm not a ...
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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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Is a graphic that shows mainly code a listing or a figure?

I am using the following (graphical) element in a document to introduce the concept of a linear revision control history: Once printed, it is, by definition, a listing ("a printed list of lines of ...
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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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Use of Wikipedia images I created myself

I have created several images for Wikipedia and would like to use them for my own poster/talks as well. However I am concerned that my colleagues will assume that I took them from Wikipedia and will ...
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General guidelines for how to include a figure in a scientific paper?

I am supervising a project by a group of students who are quite new to academic/scientific writing. I have now read a draft of their report, and noticed the following errors in regards to how they use ...
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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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Computer science framework software [closed]

Is there some standard software for creating framework diagrams for computer science such as this or this. I know powerpoint can do some things like this, and I have been using illustrator. However, ...
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Correctly licensing someone else's photo for publication in open-access journal

When articles are accepted by open-access journals such as PLoS journals, the editors sometimes ask for a 'striking image' to attract attention to the paper on the contents page (see examples here; ...
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Using social media brands (logos) in academic publications

I'm working on an illustration related to citizen science and would like to include the concept of social media in that graphic. The most well known social media brands (as of now) are arguably ...
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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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Is it a good strategy to reproduce figures from related articles in NSF proposal?

I am starting a tenure-track position soon and writing a NSF CAREER proposal for the first time. I have no preliminary data on this topic; therefore I am using a number of figures from related papers ...