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The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

by Giuseppe TovarNovember 8, 2013

(ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5)

A style manual sets the rules that will govern the proper form of writing to publish and disseminate scientific research work in one or more disciplines. Its purpose is to standardize the citations, references and bibliographies to make it easier for the reader to locate the sources used in the scientific research. In addition, it details the general format of the work, and sets the standards for the dissemination of scientific knowledge in a clear precise and uniform manner, in accordance with the ethical and legal principles of copyright law.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association has been conceived as an instructive style manual, whose objective is to present a series of recommendations to help academic writers, editors, students and educators, specifically in the social and behavioral sciences, in the preparation, presentation, and all aspects of the writing process of various scientific works, pertaining to subjects ranging from the ethics of authorship to word choice. Consequently it was not created with the purpose of prescribing rules, but rather to offer authors guidance on choosing the proper tone for scientific communication.

The manual of the APA is a very comprehensive text. The sixth edition has been revised and updated and contains the following chapters:

1. Writing style for the behavioral and social sciences

2. Structure and content of the manuscript

3. How to write with clarity and precision

4. Practical Aspects of style

5. Presenting results

6. Citation of the sources

7. Examples of references

8. The process of publication


With many millions of copies sold, the publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the manual of choice for style and proper form, for the dissemination of scientific research for writers, editors, students, educators and professionals in the psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work and administration of justice and other disciplines in that it is essential to effective communication with words and data.


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  • Erik
    November 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Do not purchase the first printing of the sixth edition of the APA manual under any circumstances. There are errors in 80 of their eighty pages. So I’d be weary, but as the review above mentions a second printing was done which was revised and updated. Taking into account all the trouble there was with all the errors in the new edition, I was concerned about ordering my copy. However, the one I ordered just arrived and, as promised, it is the corrected version of the sixth edition. Lifestyle changes included in the manual are an improvement, particularly in the way in which electronic resources are cited. In addition, the organization of this edition is better. In general, I am satisfied.

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