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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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Where to include acknoledgement for used graphics

In the current technical report that I write, I have used graphic from an online-source where their policy requires that the author of the drawing has to be acknowledged in case that the drawing is to ...
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Should I require a student to acknowledge or change a color scheme from a common paper?

When I wrote my first paper, I experimented a bit with different colour styles until I found one that was both clear and aesthetically pleasing. I’ve since used it for all papers where I was first ...
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Can I cite in a caption?

I am using an image from a users’ manual of a piece of software, and I was wondering if I can put a citation in the caption of the image. For example: Figure 1.3 Illustration of WonderSoft’s ...
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Do I need to cite an artwork? How would I do it? Is permission needed?

In my academic paper, I have well over 100 figures, and would like to use an artwork I found online in one of my figures - it is not published in any book, it is just something they made and posted ...
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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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Is it reasonable to purchase a professionally designed logo/brand for a research group?

I have seen a few research groups that have a "stylized" look, including a logo/slide template that is used by the PI and his/her students. [My particular research area is adjacent to computer ...
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Is there an official way to include an image from the internet in a paper?

For a paper we're writing, we need to use a small image of a popular, easily recognized piece of consumer electronics. In previous drafts of the paper, a long time ago, someone made an image for the ...
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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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How can I find images to use in my thesis that are free/unrestricted by copyright?

I need to add some images to my thesis. I would strongly prefer that these are free (no cost) and not restricted by copyright. I have used Google Image to find images, I don't know how to determine ...
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How do I cite a screenshot I've taken of a software program?

How to write a proper reference for an image I'm going to use for my thesis? This image is a screenshot of a software installed on my own PC and I am the one who took it myself. It's not from another ...
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How to provide attribution to a media source in a research paper?

I'm working on a project report which we plan to publish as a research paper later after some more work. In my report I have used some images from the Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. They all are ...
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What is a legal and allowed method of getting a picture from Internet to be used in the cover of my thesis?

I need a picture from the Internet of micro bacterium which I want to use on my Thesis cover. Now just coping the picture and using it will be like stealing someone else's property. Hence I want to ...
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Reuse published images

I recently wrote an invited book chapter containing figures from different of my own papers that were previously published at ACM conferences. Can I reuse them (with citations to the original papers) ...
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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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What are the restrictions placed by copyright laws on reuse of figures in dissertation defense?

In some sense this question follows the question: Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation? Following F'x's advice and my own ...
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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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Boxplot whiskers for a journal publication using APA style guide

I want to submit a manuscript with a journal recommending the APA style guide for formatting. When looking at my boxplots, a colleague of mine wondered why the whiskers do not represent the 95% ...
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Must graphs in a mathematical PhD thesis be drawn nicely?

I am writing my PhD thesis in mathematics and there are several graphs to be included (on knots, braids, and other related objects). I know that there are several software available for drawing graphs ...
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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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Showing figures from a paper in presentation

I'm giving a talk summarizing someone else's paper and I'd like to show some figures from their paper during my presentation. It's an informal talk to fellow students and a few professors at my ...
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Breaking an axis - is it ever a good idea?

I know that using an origin other than 0 for numeric data is considered misleading. But for plots in academic publications, is it ever a good idea to break an axis so that patterns and outliers can be ...
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What is the legal status of using copyrighted images in academic/conference talks?

I am told that we can use copyrighted images in our lectures to students now as they are for purely educational purposes, as long as we correctly attribute them. That is to say there is no need to ask ...
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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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How to credit a photo taken by someone else in my publication?

How do authors normally address a photo courtesy? I have a photo taken by Dr. X, I would like to use it in my paper which is planned to be submitted to an engineering journal. How should I respect ...
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Can my institute use my figure and put their name on it for press releases, etc.?

I was wondering if my institute can use a figure which I made for a paper that has been published and crop it slightly and use it for press releases, etc., and instead of putting my name underneath ...
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What are the pros and cons of including graphics/figures in teaching and research statements for academic job applications?

I was wondering what the prevailing opinion in the community is, with regards to the pros and cons of using images or graphics in teaching and research statements for academic job applications. I ...
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Should I cite photos in my thesis?

If I use photos in my thesis that I found on Internet, should I cite them? If so, how should the photos be cited? Should I write something like "In Figure 4.5 [9]" or should I cite it in the Appendix? ...
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Is it OK to have many graphs, tables, and images in a masters thesis?

I am writing my master thesis. In my document I have lots of tables. images and graph. Is this have a bad effect on any academic person when want to evaluate my thesis. I ask this question because I ...
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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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How should I cite a screenshot in APA style for my student paper?

When adding a reference to an image that is a screenshot, what is the proper way to cite in APA style? Also, who is considered the artist in this case? The person who took the screenshot, the website ...
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How to use copyrighted images in an article?

I have developed an educational software in which I make use of some copyrighted images, for example from Disney, and am now writing an article about it. How should I reference or cite that those ...
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Is it a good idea to put the logo of the university in my motivational letter?

I'm applying for a master's program, and one of the required documents is a motivational letter, in which I should briefly expose the reasoning behind my choice of program. I'm using a LaTeX template ...
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How should I cite 3 images that were used to compose a new image?

I used three images from Wikipedia to compose them to a new image. All other images (not that many) are created by myself. How should I cite them? The images are: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/...
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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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Is it appropriate to copy a drawing from a book in my master thesis? [duplicate]

I would like to know if it is appropriate to copy a drawing from a book (specifically a directed graph) and develop my theory on that drawing? It is sure that I am going to make a reference for that ...
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Font size of text within image/graph for MS Thesis

Can somebody suggest what should be the optimal font size of text like axis ticks, axis label, legend etc. ?
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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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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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How to learn commenting on graphs and tables the right way?

I have attended many presentation where the presenter will show a graph/table in one of his/her slides, but they struggle to explain the semantics of the graph/table/results. I think there is much ...
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Should Figures and Tables follow a certain order or be at a specific location in a document?

This is a topic I constantly think about when writing a document. Often after I complete a document in LaTex I would go through the document to make sure that the figures are where I want them to be (...
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Can images with a “noncommercial use only” licence be used in teaching and academic presentations?

Can I use images with a "noncommercial use only" license (such as CC-BY-NC) in my slides, both for teaching and conference talks?
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Is it a good idea to connect data points on a plot to increase readability in slides?

I have a graph of points from a set of experiments, that I want to present on a slide. The important information in the graph is both the values of the points, and more significantly, that the green ...
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Commission an animation to explain a scientific concept?

I have a particularly difficult scientific concept, which, with the use of an animation, I think I could make very clear. I have some experience making little movies from piecing together figure ...
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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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Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos?

Is it ethical/lawful to recolor/scale the logos when importing them to presentation slides to make the logos meet the template standards and fit the theme colors?
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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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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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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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Topical tag cloud generator for researchers/academics [closed]

I've seen a few academic homepages with tag clouds indicating their topics near the top of the page. I quite like the idea... it gives a nice simple/quick overview of the topics the person is ...