APA Style: the new edition of the manual has arrived

APA Style: the new edition of the manual has arrived

At the end of last year, more precisely in October 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA) published the seventh edition of the APA Publication Manual which will replace the last edition of 2009.


Advertising message The updated version of the manual, consisting of 12 chapters, aims to provide broader and easier guidelines on how to cite bibliographic sources and format the text.

This article will offer an overview of the main sections that have been revised in the manual.

As for the bibliography and the citations in the text, the new manual proposes a series of examples that facilitate the understanding of the correct way of citing sources, including online ones.

Among the main changes in the seventh edition we find:

Advertising message Other changes proposed in the new manual concern greater flexibility of the text format with, for example, the indication of more options to choose from regarding the font and its size. In addition, the wording “Running head” has been removed in favor of the abbreviated title and page number only.

There are also changes regarding the formatting of tables and figures although it has not changed radically since the sixth edition of the manual.

Finally, the new manual also includes a chapter to support authors in a writing style that is inclusive and that avoids prejudices on issues such as gender, age, disability, racial and ethnic identity and sexual orientation. . Again, examples are provided.

The manual should start to be officially used starting from spring 2020; in the meantime, the indications in the sixth edition published in 2009 remain valid.