Journals Library


Please do not try to summarise too much data in one table. More explanatory text and concise tables will be easier for the reader to follow. Please ensure that all tables follow the guidance below:

  • Aim to include a maximum of 25 tables in the main body of your report where possible
  • Number tables consecutively starting from Chapter 1
  • All tables must be supplied in an editable format within the Word document, not as embedded figures
  • Tables should be a concise as possible as they will be reproduced on A4 pages. If the material is complex, tables may need to run across a double page spread or over many pages and this can, in some cases, lead to a reduction in impact
  • If a set of table heads cannot be applied to an entire table, it would be preferable to split the table into a number of smaller tables for clarity
  • Where information is to align across a table, it is essential for each item to be supplied in its own individual cell
  • Tables should be accompanied by a brief caption. Use footnotes to the table to explain all non-standard abbreviations that have not already been defined in the paper. Use superscript letters (a, b, c, etc.) to identify each footnote
  • Do not duplicate data in tables and figures

Placement of tables guidance

The NIHR Journals Library website provides a platform to showcase all information about your project in one place, creating a threaded publication of your research. Because of this, some of the information that would previously have been included within the final report can now sit on your project page on the website.

Please see our guidance for where we would usually expect different types of tables, figures and other documents to be placed — in the main report, appendices or project webpage.