Q: Is it self-plagiarism if I use an image from one of my previous papers?

Detailed Question -

Can I copy an image from one of my previously published papers and use it in my current paper? Will it be considered as self-plagiarism?

1 Answer to this question

It should be okay to use an image from a previous paper, provided you keep a few things in mind.

  • When using the image, you should remember to cite the source, even if it is your own paper.
  • Additionally, you need to check who holds the copyright of the image. If you have transferred the copyright to the journal at the time of publication, then you have to seek permission from the journal before you use it anywhere else.

These willl safeguard you from possible allegations of self-plagiarism.