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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2020     Views: 254

APA 6th Edition (Scroll down for 7th Edition)

Per "Table Tips" in the APA Style Blog (2009):

Once you have finished your table, where it goes in the manuscript depends on what sort of manuscript you have written. If you have completed an article to be submitted for publication, put the table at the end after the references and author note but before the figures, and make sure the table is mentioned at least once in the text (so the editors and reviewers know when to look for it). If you have written a dissertation or report for class, check with your dissertation committee or professor. Many educators prefer to have tables placed in text at approximately the place the tables are mentioned, and they certainly get the final say on table placement when they are doing the grading! (para. 11)

With respect to figures,

the figure should be presented as close as possible to where it is mentioned in the text. This can be easily accomplished for reports and theses if the figures are not required to be presented all together at the end of the paper; departmental and universal guidelines on this point need to be verified beforehand. For manuscripts to be submitted for publication, journal guidelines will dictate where they are to be placed. (Nicol & Pexman, 2010, p. 12)

In student essays, tables and figures are typically placed as near as possible to the first mention of the table or figure in the body text, but if you're unsure of what approach to take, please check with your instructor.

For more information on tables and figures, please search WriteAnswers for "table" or "figure".

References

Nicol, A. A. M., & Pexman, P. M. (2010). Displaying your findings: A practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Stefanie. (2009, November 12). Table tips [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/11/table-tips.html

APA 7th Edition

Both tables and figures are typically placed as near as possible to the first mention of the table or figure in the body text, but if you're unsure of what approach to take, please check with your instructor. As per the APA manual: 

When embedding a table or figure within the text, position it after a full paragraph, ideally the paragraph where it is first called out. ... If text appears on the same page as a table or figure, add a double-spaced blank link between the text and the table or figure so that the separation between the text and the table or figure so that the separation between the text and table or figure is easier to see. Put a short table or small figure at the beginning or end of a page rather than in the middle. (APA, 2020, p. 198)

When tables or figures are included in the appendix instead of the main text, "five each one a number preceded by the letter of the appendix in which it appears" (APA, 2020, p. 41). For instance, the first table in the first appendix is labeled "Table A1", even if there is only one appendix. To determine the order of tables or figures within an appendix, please follow the order in which the tables or figures are mentioned in text (APA, 2020, p. 41).

For more information on formatting tables and figures, please see Table Setup and Figure Setup from the APA Style website. 

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000