All Tables and Figures for Biology should be prepared according to APA format.
- Brief instructions may be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Assocation, 6th Edition (APA, 2010)
For more detailed instructions, including examples of how to present the results of many different types of statistical analyses, you may also wish to consult Nicol and Pexman (1999). Presenting your Findings. A Practical Guide for Creating Tables.
For similar treatment of figures, the companion volume Displaying Your Findings. A Practical Guide for Creating Figures, Posters and Presentations (Nicol & Pexman, 2003 may be helpful.
You have the choice to place each table or figure on its own page - with or without a printed page number, but counting in the continuous pagination of your thesis - or to interweave your tables into the text.
- If you choose the latter, you should leave at least 4 lines before and after each table
- You should try to avoid leaving large expanses of “blank space”
This means that - to make it fit - you may have to move content that comes after the material in the table or figure to the page preceding it.
In general, landscape oriented tables and figures are discouraged. All text in any visual display should be at least 10 point font, and needs to be clear enough to be capable of being photocopied.