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Alternate Figure/Table Placement

Tables and figures may be embedded within their chapters according to the following placement rules. 

The easiest method of dealing with tables or figures embedded within the chapters is to place them on a separate page without text or, if the textual references for the figures occur together on the same page, to group two or more smaller items together on a page without text. If two or more items are placed on a page, they must be separated by a space larger than a double space. The page then appears immediately after the one on which the figures or tables have been mentioned in the text. 

Tables or figures may appear on a page with text (see Figure C.1) if (a) they are first referenced in the text; (b) they begin or end the page; and (c) at least six consecutive lines of text accompany the table or figure. A figure or table is never placed in the middle of a page between two paragraphs. In addition, when a table or figure is placed on a page with text, it must be separated from the text by a heading space. The figure or table must be placed as close to the first mention as possible, making sure that it either begins or ends a page or is placed on a page without any body text immediately after the page where it was mentioned. If there is space at the bottom of the page where the figure or tables is mentioned, then place it there. If there is not room on that page, the table or figure appears at the top of the next page. A table or figure requiring more than one page may not be placed on a page with text. As with figures and tables placed at the ends of the chapters, when a table or figure continues to a second page, the number and the word “continued” are placed above the table or below the figure. On continued tables, column heads should also be repeated. 

If these rules are not followed on the first submitted draft, your editor will require you to place tables and figures at the ends of their chapters/main sections. 

Last Updated: 8/23/22