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I am going make a table smaller in a paper which I am going to submit to a journal. I used \small but it does not make it small enough ?

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  • How about \tiny?
    – rtzll
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 8:19
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    If the journal have requirements about the layout and presentation, I'd be surprised if they let you change the type size in the table.
    – user10274
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 14:26

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With no information or example in your question it is hard to give advice but before choosing font sizes smaller than \small (eg via \tiny or by using \resizebox or \scalebox) you should look at ways to reduce the table width while maintaining the font size (so keeping the data more easily legible, especially on paper which apparently doesn't have a zoom function).

You can reduce the inter-column space with

\setlength\tabcolsep{something}

You can force some columns to be narrower by changing l to

>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}p{some width}

You can (perhaps) rotate, shrink or re-word the headings if the table headings are forcing the columns to be wider than needed for the data.

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  • Add @{} at beginning and end of the column definitions.
    – Toscho
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 11:24
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with package graphicx:

\noindent
\resizebox{\linewidth}{!}{%
 ... your table code ...
}
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  • No sure if this is the best possible solution because is scales the type, which may make it look bad.
    – user10274
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 14:27

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