subjective, but not opinionated
At "normal" font sizes, my tables typically exceed page margins. I am asking for guidelines on how to solve this, having in mind the following:
I am an academic and I write papers in the social sciences. My papers typically have a few (say around 10) tables -- the typical tables you find in social science papers, with lots of numbers (as opposed to formulas, figures, etc) and always table notes.
I use statistical software (R, Stata) to construct my tables.
Although I have good command of these tools, I constantly struggle with setting standards to the tables I generate. So I keep asking myself:
- Should I change font sizes inside the table environment (eg with a
\smallcommand inside the
tableenvironment -- which happens to be the approach I usually take), or
- Should I do this globally (as shown in this post.), or
- Should I
\resizeboxor use something similar?
When building my tables, I have in mind:
- I better be able to re-use the same code for my
- Although all my
.texcode will go through the a journal-specific publishing process, I like to have nice-looking working paper versions;
- Although around 10 tables make it to the final version of my paper, I typically generate around one hundred tables in the writing process.
So my question then is, in this context, what guidelines are there that I could use to help me planning how to construct my LaTex tables? I am not asking for general
booktabs-like guidelines; rather, I want to know how to write good latex code to consistently fit large-ish tables in a page, without generating eyesores.