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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Paperback – 30 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association; 6th Revised edition edition (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433950618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433805615
  • ASIN: 1433805618
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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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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I am an Undergraduate Psychology student, in my final year. I bought this manual to help me with my citations and references for my dissertation. The APA referencing system is something that I have always struggled with. I have previously found that many of the online information on APA referencing is unclear and that websites contradict each other (this is probably due to the many different editions and revisions). So despite having used this referencing system throughout my time at University, I was still not 100% certain on the rules. So far, I have found this book to be really informative and I feel like I will be able to submit my dissertation with complete piece of mind – knowing that I have followed the official rules for my references. I also thought that the price for this book was really good. In the past I have purchased core textbooks for my course which have been £80. So I thought that £20 for a new book was great. I really should have purchased this book when I started my degree. I didn’t think that I would need one at the time, but I would definitely advise anyone who is starting a degree, in which they will be required to use the APA referencing system, to buy this book. I was also great that I could use my Amazon Prime to purchase this book as I ordered it quite late, it came the next day. Overall, I think this book is going to be really useful.
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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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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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Using this for my undergrad and it's perfection. It is extremely specific and to the read the whole thing in one go would be futile as there is a lot crammed into this space. Full disclosure lots hate how specific this book is, however, I love it! If only I could double line space and indent this paragraph!
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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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Photocopied version? I bought cheap photocopied books like this from street sellers in South East Asia 15 years ago! Appears like a photocopied version with slightly dodgy alignment and dark shading where there shouldn't be.. you can't read the page numbers due to dubious ink splodges. Annoyed really that's it's not what I paid for...
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