Tables are uploaded electronically with your submission/revision. Ideally that format is Microsoft Word, or Excell, but we'll even take ascii in order to keep re-typing to a minimum. The display should be double spaced. No particular typescript width or style of type is required, because we do that here. The table titles should be brief. The column headings have any appropriate units in parentheses. Any headings that occur within the body and apply to a block of data should be centered. Footnotes end with periods. You do not need to actually insert the rules because we do that here, although your hard copy would probably be clearer if you do use the basic top and bottom rules. See a recent issue of the journal for examples of tables.
No vertical or diagonal rules may be used in tables. Column headings must be upright, not turned sideways. Brackets to delineate groups of data may be used if necessary; the groups should be clearly marked on the manuscript copy. There are no horizontal rules in the body of the table to separate sections, use white space instead.
Symbols (*, , , §, ||, #) are used for table footnotes, double and tripling as necessary, instead of numbers, and may be neatly handwritten, if necessary. Put any general explanatory material before the first footnote (preceded by the word "Note:"). The current issue of the journal will provide examples of approaches to complex tables. However here is also an example of two nice normal tables that might be of use to authors in planning stage. Many tables have straddle rules or more complex needs, of course, and as time permits we'll expland the examples here.
Appendix tables for typesetting should be prepared as detailed in the section on tables. Very long appendix tables will be placed in MSA's data depository.