Tables should be incorporated into the article file, immediately following the first paragraph to cite them (read order), not submitted separately. The more closely your tables meet the specifications in this section, the fewer revisions you'll need to process and the faster and more accurately your piece is likely to publish.
In the published version, tables will be automatically formatted with alternate row shading, the content left-aligned in cells, the title placed above the table, and legend/footnotes placed below.
Table from: dos Santos MM, Quintana MI, Moreira FG, Taborda JGV, Mari JdJ, et al. (2014) Drug-Related Disorders and the Criminal and Clinical Background of the Prison Population of São Paulo State, Brazil. PLoS ONE 9(11): e113066. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113066
Tables should not:
Below is a simple example of a correctly formatted table in a source Word document. Each data item occupies its own cell. The title is above the table, and the legend and footnotes are below.
Table adapted from source file of: Ulmer A, Dietz K, Hodak I, Polzer B, Scheitler S, et al. (2014) Quantitative Measurement of Melanoma Spread in Sentinel Lymph Nodes and Survival. PLoS Med 11(2): e1001604. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001604
|Do's and Don'ts in Manuscript Word Documents|
|DO: Put data in rows and columns to organize it.
DON'T: Use returns or spaces to separate data.
DO: Use horizontally merged heading cells to indicate column spanning.
||DON'T: Use rules to indicate spanning rows.
DO: Use vertically merged left-column cells to indicate grouping.
DON'T: Use vertically merged cells in the body of the table.
Tables do not have strict dimension requirements. However, some wide tables may be printed sideways in the PDF version of the article. Very large tables may span more than one page in the PDF.
Publishing tables require a number and brief descriptive title placed above the table. Legends, footnotes, and other text should be placed below the table.
Tables are inserted into the published article according to the placement of their first citation in the article. Therefore, they should be cited in numerical order upon first mention.
Table citations should appear in ascending numeric order upon first appearance in the text, then in text boxes, then in figure legends, then in tables, then in Supporting Information legends.
In-Text Citations for Supporting Information Tables
It is not required that all Supporting Information be cited in the text. Citations need not be in numerical order, as is required for regular publishing figures and tables.