A committee consisting of Alan C.
Acock (Co-Chair), Manfred van
Dulmen (Co-Chair), Larry Kurdek, Cheryl
Buehler, and Frances Goldsheider was
appointed by Ann Crouter, Chair of the
Research and Theory Section of the National Council on Family Relations
(NCFR) to construct model tables with brief narratives for NCFR journals.
Larry Kurdek, Manfred van Dulmen, and
Alan C. Acock continue the work of the
original committee by adding new tables at the request of the editors of
the NCFR journals.
Although these tables generally follow APA format, there are a few
important exceptions. For example, when
multiple models are compared, say in hierarchical multiple regression,
the NCFR journals present the models in adjacent columns rather than
stacking them in separate sections of the table as recommended by APA
format. The NCFR method of presentation makes
it fairly easy to view findings across models at a glance.
Also, where possible, full tables are presented on a single page
using single spacing to make the table easy to read.
Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the editors may
ask authors to submit tables with double spacing and APA margins because
that type of format has advantages for copy editing.
Each table appears in two formats. First, it appears as a PDF file that
can be read using Adobe’s Acrobat Reader (available from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html).
Second, it appears as a Word document that can be downloaded and used as
a template. Because many authors have trouble centering columns that
contain decimals, a guideline provided by Alexis Walker is included.
remember that the tables are presented only as examples and that authors
are expected to change formatting and content. In some cases, additional
columns may be added. In other cases columns may be deleted. The primary
objective is to provide the information readers need in a consistent
format. When information such as standardized coefficients, semipartial
correlations, and measures of effect size are not in the table, it needs
to be presented in the text as appropriate. An over-reliance on the
statistical significance of parameter estimates without attention to
their substantive significance and interpretation is a serious weakness
that should be avoided.
You should be able to access either the Acrobat or
Word versions of each table by clicking the left mouse button.
To download the Word version, click the right mouse button and
select the 'save target as' option.