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BITC: Publication Class -- 6. Tables

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Now, let's talk a bit about tables. My general feeling about tables is, I don't like them. I prefer figures because they are more visual for the reader. A good, well-designed figure generally can express the same information more vividly to your reader. I do accept that there are times when a table is necessary. So, let's talk a little bit about how you should design and present tables. Again - try not to. Think about every table that you do include and ask yourself: Can you possibly present this more effectively as a figure? Minimal use of tables is best. Most of the information in tables can be expressed in a good, eye-catching figure. I find that readers tend not to pay very much attention to what's in tables. And, they take up a lot of space and thereby cost money in the publishing process. I would urge you to consider posting the full dataset at some openly accessible site and to move the interpreted information —the content of your tables— to figures as much as possible. How should you present tables? Here are some basic rules. Each table goes on a separate page. No bold face. Whoever did this table put the headings in bold. Try to have the headers down against the line. And, try to be very consistent about your presentation. For example, here there is a decimal place; and, here there's not. Look at your tables very carefully and ask, Am I being absolutely consistent throughout the table? Generically, this is what your table should look like. The caption goes directly above the table. Again, this is one table per sheet of paper at the end of your manuscript. The caption goes above the table. Then you have one horizontal line. The header. Another horizontal line. Then the body. And then, a final horizontal line. In some more complex tables, you may be able to add some horizontal lines to demonstrate hierarchical relationships among header levels. But, in general, you should have no vertical lines. No boxes. And, no horizontal lines internal to the table. That is how the journal can best and most easily process your table into a piece of a published manuscript. Just to reiterate... Your tables go at the end of the manuscript, after the figures, on non-numbered pages, with one table per page. And again, you should have the caption and then the body. The only lines should be horizontal lines in the header and at the end.

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Posted by: townpeterson on Jul 5, 2016

Publication Class: How to Publish a Scientific Paper

A. Townsend Peterson, University of Kansas
In English

Academic productivity and effective communication of research results depend critically on publishing scientific articles in scholarly journals. This set of 13 video segments aims to provide an overview of the entire publishing process. It is not specific to biodiversity informatics, but rather can be quite general for the natural sciences at least.

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