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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition [Paperback]

American Psychological Association
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15 Aug 2009 1433805618 978-1433805615 6th Revised edition
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 reorganised, 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.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association; 6th Revised edition edition (15 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433805618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433805615
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Next edition will need to get used to 23 May 2010
The 6th edition book is rather different from 5th edition. First of all, it is much shorter. The order of chapters is completely redone, and a lot of background information from 5th edition is now only available online. This makes it less suitable as a comprehensive style guide compared to APA 5th.

There are some important style changes that will influence writing papers (most notably how to make reference for papers with more than 6 authors, a change that requires referencing software like Endnote and ReferenceManager to re-program part of their core architecture). So everyone going to send papers should adopt this new version (although many journals still ask for APA 5th style!).

A major improvement over the 5th edition is the extensive section on ethics of publishing, which outlines what counts as plagiarism, how much self-plagiarism is allowable and in which circumstances, etc.

All in all, I will use this new edition next to the much more comprehensive 5th edition for the foreseeable future.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars needs a copy editor and proofreader 24 Oct 2009
It is riddled with errors. Perhaps APA will hire a proofreader (or even an editor, too) before the 2nd printing. Use the 5th edn and wait until the 2nd printing before purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 22 Oct 2014
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I'm very surprised to see many negative reviews for this book, as I've found it to be a very well-written resource. Instead of being simply a dry resource for pedantic matters of style, this edition provides much wider guidance concerning matters ranging from scientific philosophy to punctuation marks. I would definitely recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By David
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Do we need a standard format and style in order to facilitate the world-wide dissemination of scientific knowledge? If so, then the APA Publication Manual is the best scheme so far devised. It is subject to continuous revision, so if you think some of the guidance is wrong or inappropriate, tell the editors - you'll find a feedback form on their website - and look out for the seventh edition.
Although early reviews of this sixth edition criticised the inadequate proofreading, I haven't myself looked for misprints; my copy is the third printing, and I haven't noticed any casual errors, so I assume that the process of correction has been successful.
One advantage of a well-developed scheme is that editors and peer reviewers can easily defend their requirements for amendments and/or resubmissions of manuscripts, thus - one can hope - reducing the sense of grievance felt by a rejected author.
For obvious reasons, the content relates specifically to psychology publications but the principles set out - including strictures on the presentation of data - easily extend to other sciences. From a British perspective, everything works fine, but you would be better off consulting the OED rather than Webster's for publishing in the UK.
An addendum for legal scholars: Appendix 7.1 explains how to refer to legal materials, but these instructions relate only to US materials. For guidance on British (and other overseas) legal materials, you still need to check OSCOLA at [...]
Overall, the APA Manual gives indispensable guidance on how to prepare scientific work for publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars usefull 4 July 2014
By ch3ls3a
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Great helpful book
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3.0 out of 5 stars typo typo typo 1 July 2014
By Fawn
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This manual is full of grammar and spelling errors, general missing or incorrect words. APA are not setting good standards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars boring, but necessary 4 April 2014
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needed an APA manual for my thesis...needed something handy- just in case...I have found Endnote doesn't always conform to the Manual...the Manual has helped me resolve which to go with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love APA. 24 Mar 2014
By J.C.
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This book solved all of my formatting problems. Any question you have, it can answer. An ABSOLUTE must have for any Psychology student in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for what I need
I was doing my Masters program and although I was up to par on APA format it never hurts to have this handy book around. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tess
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was for my sons phycology course and is helping with revision at Bangor University. Was very much needed. Recommended.
Published 9 months ago by Val
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed this badly
Does exactly what it says on the tin!
Writing up my studies for my phd and needed this wee prompt to keep me on track which it certainly did.
Published 11 months ago by N. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
It's a great book for whoever that wants to know how to write scientifically, conduct a proper layout for a research propeject, referencing and everything else related to writing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good condition and on the estimated date of arrival...
I recommend this product to everyone especially psychology students. It contains many things inside which u will need throughout your course and masters.
Published 13 months ago by Michalis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for projects/Dissertation
Needed for thesis. While most of the info is online it is good to have it all in a book to save time looking things up
Published 16 months ago by Aideen murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars APA Manual 6th edition
This is basically a "must have" for those who write scientific papers in social sciences. I would expect one adjustement or improvement in the next edition, that is more examples... Read more
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