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Where to put figure/table caption.

posted 19 Sept 2011, 23:11 by Masahiro Takatsuka
I cannot recall the exact source of the information, but I remember that I was taught to put a figure caption at the bottom of a figure while put a table caption at the top of a table. 

The reason for this arrangement in scientific/engineering article is :

1) a table is usually read from top to bottom, while
2) a figure is usually read from bottom to top.

Hence having a caption just before your eyes start scan a figure or a table would help reading them.