[Tex/LaTex] Floating Tables


Tables are plotting on top of other content within the document that I am creating.

I've tried a series of commands to try to specifically position the tables, and place the tables at the bottom of the page but these do not change the placement.

I've tried:

[h] here,
[h!] here,
[b] bottom,
[!b] bottom,
[!bp] bottom page,
[htbp], and

What command should I use to separate the tables and the figures so they display properly? Or possibly a different package that can handle the placement of objects in the floating environment?

This is a 2-column format document. Figure 1 is being plotted on top of Table 1. I believe Table 1 is too long, so it spills into Column 2. Ideally, I would like Table 1 to be positioned to the bottom of the page that it is being referenced on with the document content.

\usepackage{graphicx}   % Including figure files
\usepackage{amsmath}    % Advanced maths commands
\usepackage{amssymb}    % Extra maths symbols

% Figure_1
    % To include a figure from a file named example.*
    % Allowable file formats are eps or ps if compiling using latex
    % or pdf, png, jpg if compiling using pdflatex
    \caption{Absolute magnitude vs. semimajor axis for (1839) Ragazza, (2373) Immo, (2386) Nikonov, (2521) Heidi and (3860) Plovdiv. Asteroids belonging to the Gefion family from Nesvorny (2012) are depicted as gray circles. As a reference, asteroid (1272) Gefion is also included and depicted with a black circle. The location of the 5:2 mean motion resonance is represented by a vertical dashed line.}

% Table 1
    \caption{Observational circumstances for the asteroids observed for this campaign.}
    \begin{tabular}{|lccccc|} % six columns, alignment for each
        Asteroid Target & Observation Date UTC (GMT) & Solar Analog Star & Airmass & Phase Angle (degrees) & Heliocentric distance (AU)\\
        (1839) Ragazza & 2014/11/24 17:00:00 & SAO 93936 & 1.031 & 21.6 & 2.551\\
        (2373) Immo & 2014/09/23 23:00:00 & SAO 93936 & 1.345 & 23.6 & 2.505\\
        (2386) Nikonov & 2015/01/17 23:00:00 & SAO 120107 & 1.087 & 17.0 & 3.162\\
        (2521) Heidi & 2014/09/04 10:00:00 & SAO 75021 & 1.011 & 15.6 & 3.013\\
        (3860) Plovdiv & 2015/09/22 17:00:00 & SAO 93936 & 1.322 & 22.8 & 2.384\\


Best Answer

From the mnras user guide:

The LATEX float placement commands [htbp] are intentionally disabled. Layout of figures and tables will be adjusted by the publisher during the production process, so authors should not concern themselves with placement to avoid disappointment and wasted effort.

Simply place the LATEX code close to where the figure or table is first mentioned in the text and leave exact placement to the publishers. By default a figure or table will occupy one column of the page. To produce a wider version which covers both columns, use the figure* or table* environment.

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