Understand how tables are constructed

In order to discuss table organization, it helps to know how table parts are named (Fig. 3.1). The column headings are known collectively as the box heading, and the group of row headings is called the stub. The field is the set of cells or spaces in

Table 3.3. Wide table that would fit on a single-column page

Assay

scores

(range 0-4) determined for various MG

strains

MAb

A5969

F

6/85

tS-11

R

S6 K503

8F7/F

4

4

4

4

3

3 0

4G1/F

4

4

3

3

3

30

Table 3.4. Modification of Table 3.3 to fit one side of a double-column layout

MG strains

Assay scores

(range, 0-4)

Mab 8F7/F

MAb 4G1/F

A5969

4

4

F

4

4

6/85

4

3

tS-11

4

3

R

3

3

S6

3

3

K503

0

0

the table's body that carries the numerical data, descriptive terms, or phrases that illustrate the message carried by the table. A spanner or straddlerule is a horizontal line used to indicate secondary column headings. A heading set above a spanner subsumes the subheads set under the spanner. Numbers in table columns are aligned on the decimal point. This is true even if the decimal point is implied rather than actually being included.

Unless your journal regularly publishes tables on grids, forego this option. A scientific table generally uses no vertical lines. Three horizontal lines run the full width of the table - one beneath the title, a second beneath the headings for the stub and the field, and a third below the field and before any footnotes.

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