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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 ...
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Should I insert a colour bar if arbitrary units are used?

In a journal article, is it advisable to insert a colour bar (i.e. an explication of the colour scale) in a figure if arbitrary units are used? If the colour order is already stated in the legend, ...
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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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Do I have to request permission from a website to use an image that they use to promote their product on their site?

I am currently checking proofs for a Springer article. The editor has asked us to provide permission details for all figures. One of the figures is a screenshot from a software product, as found in ...
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What data analysis software should a supervisor recommend to their research students? [closed]

Often I have found that research students who have learned to do experiments have not learned to use software to handle their data effectively. It's not within my power to insert the appropriate ...
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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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The use of Wikipedia figures in a thesis? [duplicate]

How much is it considered bad to use a single image of some graphs readily available from Wikipedia and insert it in thesis - undergraduate or graduate?
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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 format a large diagram with many formulas that does not easily fit on an A4 page?

I have a large diagram that does not fit into horizontal space of my A4 book manuscript (see below). What to do to make the diagram easier to read? Should I replace big formulas with numbers or ...
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Citing own image based on others work

Let's say I create an image which illustrates the ideas of others as part of a paper I write for university class work (so it's not about anything I want to publish). A simple example: Foo Bar says ...
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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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How best to format and position legend in line chart when legend text is long?

I always struggle when showing line chart with long legend title like this: Is there any best practice to a chart with long legend title? I try to show several alternatives below, but of course, it'...
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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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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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Are there any guidelines for how to distribute images in a (bachelor) thesis?

I am preparing my Bachelor thesis (it has to be around 20-25 pages long in case it makes a difference) in Biophysics and I want to put some images at the very beginning as a way of introducing and ...
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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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Axis naming for multiple parameters in one graph

I have four angles and I like to show them in a angle–time graph using Matlab’s plot function. The problem is the naming of vertical y-axis. Should it be: plural, i.e., Position Angles since the ...
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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 ...
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Figures in a results/discussion page

My professors always point out that figures only serve as a supplement to the results. They should not be the main star of the results/discussion section. The writer must be able to articulate the ...
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Duke University Library Logo [closed]

I am not sure if this question is within the scope of this community, but I am rather dumbfounded by the logo of Duke University Libraries, which can be found near the bottom left corner of its ...
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Why are “Graphical abstracts” advantageous?

Although it is optional, many publishers recommend creating a graphical abstract. According to some, this can provide greater exposure of your article: its use is encouraged as it draws more ...
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Is it valid to pad an axis slightly in order to enhance point visibility?

My apologies in advance if this questions is better suited to be migrated elsewhere. In a standard (X,Y) Cartesian line/dot plot the axis should be placed in a contextually logical place. In a graph ...
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Pseudocode, in a paper — is it a figure or a table?

The question is simple: I have to insert more pseudo codes in my paper. Last year we have labeled them as Table. Yesterday, my supervisor has said me to use Figure. What is the standard for IEEE ...
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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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Using others' figures, illustrations, and diagrams

I am writing up a chapter of a literature review and I thought to add two figures to illustrate the theory of that subject of my research. These two figures are available in the literature and they ...
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Is it more common to refer to subplots as a “frame” or a “panel”?

In scientific publications, when referring to a figure with multiple plots, often labeled using (a), (b), etc., is it more common to refer to each subplot as a "frame" or a "panel"? Are both correct ...
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Reference for image drawn by yourself, but originated from others? [duplicate]

I am using some images (among others: Laser niveaus) in my thesis. I am drawing them myself with tikz, but as a guidance I use images and data from papers and books. Should I reference them, and if ...
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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 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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How do I create a diagram in this specific style? [closed]

I am unsure if this is the right place to ask this but I have seen this style of diagrams (shamelessly stolen from this question): mostly in an academic setting, i.e. assignments, exams, publications,...
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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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Modified picture based on three different sources - citations needed?

I am thinking about where the borderline is with citations. I made a new picture based on three different sources, so I wrote under the picture "adapted from [3,6,9]." This, however, seems to be ...
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Is it better to repeat a caption or reference an identical caption?

I am presenting several (11) data sets in a written communication (my dissertation). I have grouped the data separating it into several figures which fill two and a half pages, one after the other. ...
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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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Can I use purchased graphics in an academic paper/poster?

I've purchased a bundle of infographic element sets (templates for charts, graphs etc) which are licensed for personal and commercial use. Would it be generally acceptable to use a template I've ...
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Can I use data and images found online in my project report, under the fair use clause in copyright law?

I am a mechanical engineering graduate student, and am working on my final project. I am doing a finite element analysis of a particular phenomenon. I was hoping to find test data of that particular ...
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Repeat same table or figure in different chapters or use cross references?

It's my understanding that APA discourages repeating the same data in different tables; i.e., if you find yourself doing that, then maybe you need a table that combines the data in a different way. ...
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What can I do to make figures I've created generally available so others can use them?

I have spend over a day making beautiful figures in Tikz for project proposal seminar. The figure are beautiful (the code is not). These figures are to an extent reusable, since they are about ...
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Is it frowned upon to have a figure in the introduction of a Masters thesis?

Is it common practise/frowned upon to have a figure in the introduction chapter of a thesis? The figure is not a 'picture', but a relatively small tree diagram that in my opinion shows the structure ...
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Should I cite logos and clip-art in my thesis?

In my presentation I am using a block diagram which contains few logos (like Mathworks, visual studio) and some clip-art (like desktop, hardware board) . I got these from various random websites from ...
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Is a tree/graph visualization of methods literature a useful addition to lit review? [closed]

My PhD proposal includes a short lit review (3-4 pages). Some of the finest Proposal lit review examples I have been given have made good use of tables and plots to summarize the development of ...
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Is it recommended not to have a figure on the first page of an IEEE journal article?

I have been browsing through a few IEEE journal articles and couldn't find an example where there was a figure on the first page of the article. So I tried to find the rule that explicitly forbids the ...
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Most effective free software for publication-grade structure diagrams [closed]

I have done extensive research on trying to find free software that I can use to create publication quality structure diagrams with but have yet to find something suitable. Tools I currently know ...
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Best practice of presenting running time results?

Often I come across the following situation: I have some experimental evaluation of running times of a new algorithm. Printing the running times in a table is good. Adding a plotted diagram ...