My boss doesn't like it, if I use phrases like "Fig. x depicts" or "Fig. x shows" in scientific publications and wants me to use passive form instead. However, I didn't find any reference that the use of active form is actually wrong and would really prefer to use the active form.
Is there any "official" rule in this regard? Both forms seem to be common in scientific publications, as I see it.
Edit: To clarify, english is not our first language. Thus, it's not an issue of "He who pays the piper may call the tune" (as indicated in the comments), but a question, if said active phrases are wrong.