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Sometimes scientific papers are sent to multiple journals with very varying paper sizes. Usually, changing from one to another, I simply cross my fingers that TikZ figures still fit, and rescale PDF figures.

I'm now looking to "do the right thing" from the beginning, and I wonder: Is it even worth it to produce plots in a range of sizes, and define macros to pick different sizes for different versions of the document, or is this all a losing battle?

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  • I personally would not produce plots in different range of sizes. You will have to produce a camera-ready version of your manuscript anyways, once the text is finished. And how many times do you submit the same final mansucript to different journals?
    – Habi
    Apr 23, 2015 at 9:23
  • Not many - it's just that the programmer in me feels it's so nice to be able to make multiple presentations over the same underlying data in a automated way.
    – gspr
    Apr 23, 2015 at 13:23
  • You can always use standalone to create a "full size" version of the figure, then use \includegraphics to scale it. Apr 23, 2015 at 13:32
  • @JohnKormylo: Good point. Maybe that's a more pragmatic way of doing it.
    – gspr
    Apr 23, 2015 at 13:34

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