APA 6th Edition Publication Manual

The “Publication Manual” is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators. Although it is specifically designed to help writers in the behavioral sciences and social sciences, anyone who writes non-fiction prose can benefit from its guidance. The newly-revised Sixth Edition has not only been rewritten. It has also been thoroughly rethought and reorganized, making it the most user-friendly “Publication Manual” the APA has ever produced. You will be able to find answers to your questions faster than ever before. When you need advice on how to present information, including text, data, and graphics, for publication in any type of format–such as college and university papers, professional journals, presentations for colleagues, and online publication–you will find the advice you’re looking for in the “Publication Manual.”


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Sixth Edition

From its inception as a brief journal article in 1929, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association has been designed to advance scholarship by setting sound and rigorous standards for scientific communication. The creators of the 1929 manuscript included psychologists, anthropologists and business managers who convened under the sponsorship of the National Research Council.

The sought to establish a simple set of procedures, or style rules, that would codify the many components of scientific writing to increase the ease of reading comprehension. This goal was subsequently embraced not only by psychologists but also by scholars in other, social and behavioral sciences who wished to enhance the dissemination of knowledge in their respective fields.

Word about the book

To better understand the complex changes in scientific publishing and address them in this edition, many experts and professional groups were consulted. The revision process began in 2006 by looking closely at the fifth edition, analyzing more then five years of accumulated user feedback, evaluating published criticism and commissioning reviews from senior editors in psychology, education, nursing, history, and business. After deliberation of and debate about these comments, the APA Publications and Communications Board set broad parameters for the revision and appointed a panel of experienced editors and scientists from diverse specialty areas to collaborate with dedicated staff on the revision. The six-member Publication Manual Revision Task Force met for the first time in February 2007.

They determined that revisions were needed in seven key areas:

  • ethics
  •  journal article reporting standards
  • reducing bias in language
  • graphics
  • writing style
  • references
  • statistics

Working groups of experts were established to support the work of the task force in each area. As the revision progressed, APA staff continued to solicit recommendations for revision from the APA Council of Editors, from Publication Manual users at the www.apastyle.org website, from APA members at professional meetings, and from APA boards and committees. Those recommendations were passed along to working group and task force members for consideration. Thus, this edition of the Publication Manual is the result of creative collaboration with many groups and individuals. We must first thank the members of the Publication Manual Revision Task Force. They devoted many hours to analyzing reviews, considering the scholarly publishing climate, identifying topics in need of greater coverage, meeting with working group members to generate and revise text, critiquing and discussing new drafts, and poring over the final draft with a persistent commitment to getting it right. We are fortunate to have benefited so thoroughly from their enthusiastic and generous support of this project.

Early in the revision process, they solicited critiques from selected core users, that is, from senior editors and writers in the areas of psychology, nursing, education, and
business. The overall recommendations gained from those individuals greatly influenced the approach taken in planning this edition of the Publication Manual.

 Table of Contents

1. Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences – In the first chapter they discuss several considerations that authors should weigh before writing for publication. They focus on overarching ethical and legal standards in publishing that must be addressed as a first step in planing and investigation.

2. Manuscript Structure and Content – For each manuscript element, they detail current expectations for the content. In this edition of the Publication Manuala APA, they present updated journal article reporting standards. The chapter ends with sample papers that illustrate the function and format of the sections described.

3. Writing Clearly and Concisely – This chapter provides some general principles of expository writing and suggests ways to improve writing style. They focus first on the benefits of planning and choosing the best organizational structure to develop your argument. There is a demonstration how correct grammar is the foundation of clear, effective an persuasive communication.

4. The Mechanics of Style – The chapter describes the style for APA journals regarding the most basic tools for conveying meaning, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, numbers, metrication and statistics. It omits general rules explained in widely available style manuals and examples of usage with little relevance to APA journals. Style manuals agree more often than they disagree. Publication Manual takes precedence

5. Displaying Results – In this chapter the author explains the purposes that data displays can serve and provide guidance on designing and preparing data displays so that they communicate most effectively. There is an specific guidance on formatting and constructing tables and figures, along with a number of illustrative examples.

6. Crediting Sources – This chapter is followed by instruction on citing sources in text and a description of key elements of the reference list.

7. Reference Examples – The most common kinds of references are illustrated here. Appendix 7.1 at the end of this chapter includes templates and example references to legal materials.

8. The Publication Process – The author, editor and publisher share responsibility for the ethical and efficient handling of a manuscript. They describe the peer review process, focusing first on how editors evaluate manuscripts.

 Publication Manual APA 6th Edition info:

  • File Size: 11361 KB (kindle)
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association; 6th edition
  • Publish date : May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • This Kindle book looks just like the printed book
  • Print ISBN-10: 1433805618
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1433805615


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