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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Seventh Edition

, American Psychological Association (author)

ISBN: 9781433832161

Publication Date: Oct 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Spiral bound   Hardback  

With millions of copies sold worldwide in multiple languages, this is the style manual of choice for writers, researchers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, nursing, communications, education, business, engineering, and other fields.

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The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition is the official source for APA Style. With millions of copies sold worldwide in multiple languages, it is the style manual of choice for writers, researchers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, nursing, communications, education, business, engineering, and other fields.
Known for its authoritative, easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures, language, and tone that will result in powerful, concise, and elegant scholarly communication. It guides users through the scholarly writing process-from the ethics of authorship to reporting research through publication. The seventh edition is an indispensable resource for students and professionals to achieve excellence in writing and make an impact with their work.
The seventh edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect best practices in scholarly writing and publishing.
  • All formats are in full color, with a new tabbed spiral version
  • Improved ease of navigation, with many additional numbered sections to help users quickly locate answers to their questions
  • Resources for students on writing and formatting annotated bibliographies, response papers, and other paper types as well as guidelines on citing course materials
  • Dedicated chapter for new users of APA Style covering paper elements and format, including sample papers for both professional authors and student writers
  • New chapter on journal article reporting standards that includes updates to reporting standards for quantitative research and the first-ever qualitative and mixed methods reporting standards in APA Style
  • New chapter on bias-free language guidelines for writing about people with respect and inclusivity in areas including age, disability, gender, participation in research, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality
  • More than 100 new reference examples covering periodicals, books, audiovisual media, social media, webpages and websites, and legal resources
  • More than 40 new sample tables and figures
  • Expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices, including how to ensure the appropriate level of citation, avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism, and navigate the publication process
  • Guidelines that support accessibility for all users, including simplified reference, in-text citation, and heading formats as well as additional font options


"Widely followed style guide for academic papers." - The Wall Street Journal

"Many students look upon citation writing with a shudder, but proper citing is vital to good scholarship. Here a team of style and publication experts covers APA-style grammar and format, which is used by scientific journals and in many graduate and undergraduate classes. The volume also tackles big-picture issues including copyright, plagiarism, the publication process, and predatory journals. Taking on everything from tables and figures to bias-free language, this is a clear guide to APA style." - Library Journal

"I strongly encourage you to dig into the rich resource of the 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. I am thoroughly energized about the ways this guide can push language forward." - American Library Association's Rainbow Round Table

"An endorsement from the APA is a big deal for the singular "they." The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with over 118,000 members. The Publican Manual is used by all writers, researchers, editors, students, and educators in a wide variety of disciplines, so this clarification has the potential to significantly expand the use of inclusive language." - Out

"The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) has gone through it's first update in a decade. One of the major changes in this seventh edition is a full embracing of the singular ‘they' pronoun...This full acceptance in the APA style guide is major. And wonderful." - Medium

"Gather round, style hounds: the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual...includes some (pretty) significant changes." - Inside Higher Education

"One of the most popular guides for academic writing standards across the curriculum. For many editors, faculty, and students, this means mastering new rules in short order...all appearances indicate that the changes will be mostly user-friendly...The worst thing about change is often the unknown. This quick glimpse at what the APA has in store offers encouraging news about the road ahead." - Faculty Focus
Pages 428
Dimensions 254 x 178
Date Published 30 Oct 2019
Publisher American Psychological Association
Subject/s Psychology   Writing & editing guides  
  • List of Tables and Figures
  • Editorial Staff and Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Scholarly Writing and Publishing Principles
  • Types of Articles and Papers
  • Ensuring the Accuracy of Scientific Findings
  • Protecting the Rights and Welfare of Research Participants and Subjects
  • Protecting Intellectual Property Rights
  • 2. Paper Elements and Format
  • Required Elements
  • Paper Elements
  • Format
  • Organization
  • 3. Journal Article Reporting Standards
  • Overview of Reporting Standards
  • Common Reporting Standards Across Research Designs
  • Reporting Standards for Quantitative Research
  • Reporting Standards for Qualitative Research
  • Reporting Standards for Mixed Methods Research
  • 4. Writing Style and Grammar
  • Continuity and Flow
  • Conciseness and Clarity
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Sentence Construction
  • Strategies to Improve Your Writing
  • 5. Bias-Free Language Guidelines
  • General Guidelines for Reducing Bias
  • Reducing Bias by Topic
  • 6. Mechanics of Style
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Italics
  • Abbreviations
  • Numbers
  • Statistical and Mathematical Copy
  • Presentation of Equations
  • Lists
  • 7. Tables and Figures
  • General Guidelines for Tables and Figures
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • 8. Works Credited in the Text
  • General Guidelines for Citation
  • Works Requiring Special Approaches to Citation
  • In-Text Citations
  • Paraphrases and Quotations
  • 9. Reference List
  • Reference Categories
  • Principles of Reference List Entries
  • Author
  • Date
  • Title
  • Source
  • Reference Variations
  • Reference List Format and Order
  • 10. Reference Examples
  • Author Variations
  • Date Variations
  • Title Variations
  • Source Variations
  • Textual Works
  • Data Sets, Software, and Tests
  • Audiovisual Media
  • Online Media
  • 11. Legal References
  • General Guidelines for Legal References
  • Legal Reference Examples
  • 12. Publication Process
  • Preparing for Publication
  • Understanding the Editorial Publication Process
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Copyright and Permission Guidelines
  • During and After Publication
  • Credits for Adapted Tables, Figures, and Papers
  • References
  • Index

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