April 27th, 2009

APA Rumors – A New Edition?

apa6thYou may have heard that there’s a new edition of the APA manual in the works – and it now looks like it’s done. Scheduled to hit the shelves on July 1, 2009, the 6th edition will have a few updates.

While there are no specifics about what will change, the APA website has released some information about what areas area being modified:

  • new ethics guidance on such topics as determining authorship and terms of collaboration, duplicate publication, plagiarism and self-plagiarism, disguising of participants, validity of instrumentation, and making data available to others for verification;
  • new journal article reporting standards to help readers report empirical research with clarity and precision;
  • simplified APA heading style to make it more conducive to electronic publication;
  • updated guidelines for reducing bias in language to reflect current practices and preferences, including a new section on presenting historical language that is inappropriate by present standards;
  • new guidelines for reporting inferential statistics and a significantly revised table of statistical abbreviations
  • new instruction on using supplemental files containing lengthy data sets and other media;
  • significantly expanded content on the electronic presentation of data to help readers understand the purpose of each kind of display and choose the best match for communicating the results of the investigation, with new examples for a variety of data displays, including electrophysiological and biological data;
  • consolidated information on all aspects of reference citations, with an expanded discussion of electronic sources emphasizing the role of the digital object identifier (DOI) as a reliable way to locate information; and
  • expanded discussion of the publication process, including the function and process of peer review; a discussion of ethical, legal, and policy requirements in publication; and guidelines on working with the publisher while the article is in press.

For now, keep using the 5th edition along with the APA Style Guide to Electronic References. And perhaps all our burning APA questions will be answered in July!

– Erin

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