Guideline on Tables and Figures

General Guidelines for Tables and Figures

Do not restate all the information from tables/figures in text
Use tables to present detailed, important data
Use graphs to show trends in data
Use a simple table format. It includes a thin straight border under the title and heading cells and under the main body of data.
There should be no vertical borders.
The table title should be in bold.
Point out the relevant part(s) of a table/figure when referring to it
Make Reference to tables/figures with their numbers (e.g., Table 1)


Use tables to present data that is detailed and that is important
Table number & a title that is concise, of just a sentence, should be placed above the table.
The legend and footnotes should be placed below the table. Footnotes may be used to explain abbreviations.
Table should be cell-based (e.g., created using Word with Tables tool (preferred) or in Excel).
Table must be editable (not graphic object).
Table must have heading/subheading levels in separate columns.
Table must not have color or shading.
Table must not have tables within tables.
Table must not include empty columns, rows, or cells to create spacing.
Table must not include hyperlinked text.

A sample Table;



All parts of the figure must be clear and legible.
When referring to a Figure in text, the word "Figure" is abbreviated as "Fig.", while "Table" is not abbreviated.
Black and white figure is preferred.
Every aspect of your Figure should convey information; never use color simply because it is pretty.
Figure number and title should be place below the figure.