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The Photonics Spotlight

Using Figures of the Encyclopedia in Your Publications, and Citing the Encyclopedia

Dr. Rüdiger Paschotta

The Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology contains more than 250 figures, and various readers have successfully asked for the permission to use such figures in their own publications, such as textbooks, journals, scientific articles or conference presentations, and websites. Asking RP Photonics is exactly the right thing to do. Usually, you can get the permission to use such figures (or text) if you are willing to properly acknowledge the origin of the materials. In some cases (particularly concerning book projects), you may even obtain figures with higher resolution than shown in the online encyclopedia, or figures with a somewhat modified content (e.g. with different parameters for some curves). Just contact RP Photonics, and you are likely to have a convenient and fair solution very soon.

Instead of copying materials, you can also cite the encyclopedia e.g. in scientific publications. Some people hesitate to cite online content, but note the following:

Those who still hesitate might wait until a print version of the Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology is published.

This article is a posting of the Photonics Spotlight, authored by Dr. Rüdiger Paschotta. You may link to this page, because its location is permanent. See also the Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology.

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