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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: "This is a needed update of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which was last published in 2001. "
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the latest standards in publishing and new practices in information dissemination. Mainly, this latest edition has evolved with the technological landscape and placed the continuously evolving material on the web. There is new and expanded coverage of ethical issues, manuscript parts, statistics, electronic material, and the publication process.
Audience: This is the only style manual for writers, editors, students, and educators in the behavioral and social sciences field.
Features: While this edition expands on ethical and legal standards in the field, it also provides guidance on protecting one's intellectual property rights. How to write and prepare a manuscript, organize your work, reduce various biases, ensure standard grammar, display results, and credit sources are discussed in detail. Professors will appreciate the chapter on reference examples as this is an area in which students often need direction.
Assessment: As the definitive source of APA style, this is a must have for everyone in the social and behavioral sciences field.