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Each table should be numbered and cited in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1, 2, 3 etc.). Tables should also have a title (above the table) that summarizes the whole table; it should be no longer than 15 words; detailed legend, up to 300 words. Detailed legends may then follow, but they should be concise. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

Tables should be formatted using the 'Table object' in a word processing program to ensure that columns of data are kept aligned when the file is sent electronically for review; this will not always be the case if columns are generated by simply using tabs to separate text. Tables should not contain any visible vertical lines. Table should follow 3 lines table format (2 top horizontal lines and 1 bottom horizontal line). Commas should not be used to indicate numerical values. Color and shading may not be used; parts of the table can be highlighted using symbols or bold text, the meaning of which should be explained in a table legend. Tables should not be embedded as figures or spreadsheet files.


                     Table 1 Characteristics and anthropometric measurements of the patients

Variable Frequency, n (%) Range




20 (60.3)

30 (39.7)

Calf circumference   13.50 – 45.00

Larger datasets or tables too wide for a portrait page can be uploaded separately as additional files. Additional files will not be displayed in the final, laid-out PDF of the article, but a link will be provided to the files as supplied by the author.

Tabular data provided as additional files can be uploaded as an Excel spreadsheet (.xls). As with all files, please use the standard file extensions.