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Which of the following is correct (or preferred)?

  1. "In the below figure, the effect of X on Y is clear." [preposition before the noun]

  2. "In the figure below, the effect of X on Y is clear." [preposition after the noun]

Do (1) and (2) differ in meaning, and if so, in what way? Which would be preferred in a technical paper or scientific journal article?

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    Below isn't an adjective, so "the below figure" sounds wrong. "the figure below" sounds right and natural. (But I don't read technical paper or scientific journals as often as I'd like!) Jan 30 at 3:43

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"In the below figure, the effect of X on Y is clear." [preposition before the noun]

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"In the figure below, the effect of X on Y is clear." [preposition after the noun]

below in your example (2) is an adverb. Your example (1) is uncommon.

Collins Dictionary

  1. ADVERB [noun ADVERB, ADVERB after verb]

You use below in a piece of writing to refer to something that is mentioned later.

Please contact me on the number below.

Please note the adverb positioning as described.

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