13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2012
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.
on 22 October 2014
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.