E.2 A checklist for good scientific tables

TABLE E.2: A checklist for good scientific tables
Criterion Details
1 Caption Does the table have a descriptive caption above the table: comprehensive, clear and accurate (what, where, when)?
2 Clarity Are the row and columns in the table clearly labelled and explained?
3 Numbers Are a suitable number of decimal places (or significant figures) displayed?
4 Alignment Are the numbers aligned to allow easy comparison (e.g., on decimal points)?
5 Arrangement Are the table columns/rows meaningfully arranged to emphasise patterns (e.g., not just alphabetically by default)?
6 Vertical lines Are there no vertical lines except where absolutely essential?
7 Horizontal lines Are there a minimum number of horizontal lines?
8 Units Are the units of measurement clearly given?
9 Minimalist Is unnecessary text avoided?