## Formatting tables and figures

- Tables need to be formatted yourself, e.g., in Word or Excel, or Latex (put differently, do not merely paste the output from your statistical program in the main text - these are often too elaborate, or do not efficiently combine the results of multiple models)
- Statistical packages like R have fantastic packages (e.g.,
`stargazer`

), which allow you to generate publication-ready HTML or Latex tables that you can include in your manuscripts. - The same holds for figures; the R package
`ggplot2`

is recommended, but also R’s regular plotting functionality is great.

- Tables and figures should be understandable without reading the
corresponding sections in the manuscript
- Use a clear title: easy to understand, and comprehensive (e.g.,
*summarize* the main point in the title (e.g., “X increases Y”), rather than using generic titles (“Results”). - Provide comprehensive table notes wherever necessary.
- Use clear labels, e.g., for variables

- Note that you can also combine tables into larger ones, and thereby save space (e.g.,
tables with the same explanatory variables but different coefficients)
- Avoid colors, also in figures. Most readers will print your thesis in greyscale.

Updated on 31 May 2020