I have been attempting to use published, peer-reviewed journal articles as the primary references for answers here. Frequently, it would be helpful to reproduce a figure published in one of these articles. For instance, just now while writing this answer, I wanted a picture of the phase response curve for light. This is available as a figure in a review article I was already citing, and that review is freely available from PubMed Central. However, I am uncertain about whether I am able to reproduce it without permission. As such, I settled for a less optimal figure pulled from Wikipedia, because I am fairly certain that their copyright allows this.
- Can I (legally!) pull a figure from published material and reproduce it here, assuming I provide a link and full citation of the source?
- Does it matter whether the work I am pulling from is itself freely available?