Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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Overview

With millions of copies sold, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration, and other disciplines in which effective communication with words and data is fundamental.

In addition to providing clear guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style, the Publication Manual offers an authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system and comprehensive coverage of the treatment of numbers, metrication, statistical and mathematical data, tables, and figures for use in writing, reports, or presentations.

  • The latest guidelines and examples for referencing electronic and online sources
  • New and revised guidelines for submitting papers electronically
  • Improved guidelines for avoiding plagiarism
  • Simplified formatting guidelines for writers using up-to-date word-processing software
  • All new guidelines for presenting case studies
  • Improved guidelines for the construction of tables
  • Updates on copyright and permissions issues for writers
  • New reference examples for audiovisual media and patents
  • An expanded and improved index for quick and easy access

Writers, scholars, and professionals will also find:

  • New guidelines on how to choose text, tables, or figures to present data
  • Guidelines for writing cover letters for submitting articles for publication, plus a sample letter
  • Expanded guidelines on the retention of raw data
  • New advice on establishing written agreements for the use of shared data
  • New information onthe responsibilities of co-authors

New and experienced readers alike will find the 5th Edition a complete resource for writing, presenting, or publishing with clarity and persuasiveness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557987914
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 439
  • Sales rank: 309,448
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Preface

In 1928 editors and business managers of anthropological and psychological journals met to discuss the form of journal manuscripts and to write instructions for their preparation. The report of this meeting, which was chaired by Madison Bentley and sponsored by the National Research Council, is the forerunner of this book. The report was published as a ven-page article in the February 1929 issue of the Psychological Bulletin, ournal of the American Psychological Association (APA). The group agreed that it would not dictate to authors; instead, it recommended a andard of procedures, to which exceptions would doubtless be necary, but to which reference might be made in cases of doubt" ("Inuctions," 1929, p. 57; see section 9.01 for references to the predecessors this edition of the Publication Manual).

In the 70 years that followed, those "Instructions" were revised and anded a number of times. The first edition of the instructions under title of Publication Manual was actually a 60-page supplement to the Psychological Bulletin published in 1952.

It was another 22 years before a new edition was published in 1974 with 136 pages. Publication of the 208-page third edition occurred in 1983, and the fourth edition of 368 pages rolled off the presses in 1994.

Seven years have elapsed since the last edition, during which time great changes have occurred in the publishing world and in the technology b I authors, editors, and publishers. The fourth edition stood the of time well, but eventually there were more matters to be dealt with than could be easily accommodated on the APA Web site for updates. In 1999 the APA Publications and Communications Board authorized work to begin on this fifth edition of the Publication Manual.

Leslie Dodson ably served as the project leader for the revision, and many APA members and staff contributed their time, energy, and expertise to the preparation and editing of this volume, Nlark Appelbaum and his colleagues on the Statistics Task Force (Leona S. Aiken, Joel R. Levin, Robert S. Rosen, and Howard Wainer) had a particularly difficult assignment. Although not always in agreement on the specifics, the task force did agree on the need to provide some additional assistance to authors in dealing with statistical representations in manuscripts. Lenore W. Harmon, the APA Chief Editorial Advisor, drew on her experience to work on the ethics and authorship sections and to chair the Task Force on the Publication of Case Material (with Janice Birk, Clara Hill, Ross Parke, and NVilliam Stiles). Kathleen Sheedy took aim at the moving target of electronic referencing and manuscript preparation. She will continue working with the APA Internet Services staff to keep the new APA Style NVeb site up to date with changes in this area as they occur, Susan Knapp and Demarie Jackson provided examples, text, and guidance along the way.

There is a section in the foreword to the fourth edition that aptly characterizes the Publication Manual.

The Publicationn Manual presents explicit style requirements but acknowledges that alternatives are sometimes necessary; authors should balance the rules of the Publication Manual with good judgment. Because the written language of psychology changes more slowly than psychology itself, the Publication Manual does not offer solutions for all stylistic problems. In that sense, it is a transitional document: Its style requirements are based on the existing scientific literature rather than imposed on the literature.

Every edition of the Publication Manual has been intended to aid authors in the preparation of manuscripts. The 1929 guide could gently advise authors on style, because there were then only about 200 authors who published in the 4 existing APA Journals. Today, the editors of APA's 24 primary journals consider close to 6,000 manuscript submissions per year (of which approximately 1,400 reach print). Without APA style conventions, the time and effort required to review and edit manuscripts would prohibit timely and cost-effectivc publication and would make clear communication harder to achieve.

The numbers are higher today, of course. There are now 27 APA primary journals. And at least a thousand other journals in psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, and personnel administration use the Publication Manual as their style guide. This standardization has greatly facilitated the communication of new ideas and research and simplified the tasks of publishers, editors, authors, and readers as well as enabled linkages of electronic files across articles and across publishers.

As noted in the foreword to the fourth edition, however, this "standard" is not static. Our APA Web site devoted to the Publication Manual will provide updates and the latest information on changes in APA style and in APA policies and procedures that will affect authors as they preparc flicir manuscripts.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Table Examples, Figures, and Figure Examples
Preface
Introduction
1 Content and Organization of a Manuscript 3
Quality of Content 4
Characteristics of Articles 6
Parts of a Manuscript 10
Quality of Presentation 29
2 Expressing Ideas and Reducing Bias in Language 31
Writing Style 31
Grammar 40
Guidelines to Reduce Bias in Language 61
3 APA Editorial Style 77
Punctuation 78
Spelling 89
Capitalization 94
Italics 100
Abbreviations 103
Headings and Series 111
Quotations 117
Numbers 122
Metrication 130
Statistical and Mathematical Copy 136
Tables 147
Figures 176
Footnotes and Notes 202
Appendixes 205
Reference Citations in Text 207
4 Reference List 215
5 Manuscript Preparation and Sample Papers to be Submitted for Publication 283
The Author's Responsibilities 284
General Instructions for Preparing the Paper Manuscript 284
Instructions for Typing the Parts of a Manuscript 296
Sample Paper and Outlines 305
6 Material Other Than Journal Articles 321
Theses, Dissertations, and Student Papers 321
Converting the Dissertation Into a Journal Article 326
Material for Oral Presentation 329
Material Published in Abbreviated Form 330
7 Manuscript Acceptance and Production 331
Transmitting the Accepted Manuscript for Production 332
Reviewing the Copyedited Manuscript 335
Proofreading 336
After the Article is Published 342
8 Journals Program of the American Psychological Association 345
Policies Governing the Journals 345
Editorial Management of Manuscripts 357
9 Bibliography 363
App. A Checklist for Manuscript Submission 379
App. B Checklist for Transmitting Accepted Manuscripts for Electronic Production 385
App. C Ethical Standards for the Reporting and Publishing of Scientific Information 387
App. D References to Legal Materials 397
App. E: Sample Cover Letter 411
Index 413
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

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    A bestseller because its required.

    Most people aren't crazy about this book but have to buy it because it is required- in other words, people buy this book because they have to use the format and style it discusses in order to write and submit a paper. Other than that, I don't know who else would go out of their way to buy this thing. It's thick and not thumb indexed the best. Other psychological books readers may benefit from include The Sixty-Second Motivator.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    If you're psycho about grammar and style...

    Use this book if you do a lot of academic writing (i.e. submit a lot of manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals). It's basically a big standard used in the industry and is the style manual of choice used by many professionals who do a lot of writing about research. Book includes things such as the latest guidelines for submitting papers electronically, guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and lots of details such as how to use hyphens, dashes- well, you get the idea. Basically a very popular reference book used by professors and students, readers will also appreciate its thumb-indexing on the ends of the pages for quickly finding selected topics.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    APA Manual

    Very helpful in my Masters classes..

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

    Used as a guide

    I bought this for my daughter who just received her doctorate. She uses it as a guide.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    Mandatory for courses of study

    I purchased this book because it was mandatory. I found the book to be informative and an excellent source for citing and referencing. It needs to clarify the section on citing internet sources especially pages that are in a site from another source. I referred to it often when referencing and writing a further reading bibliography.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Puyblication Manual of the American Psychological Association

    This manual was used in reference to writing papers for an online education class. The APA style of writing is a way of organizing and writing papers,manuscripts, and journals in the medical and education fields. This manual was helpful in learning the different styles of organizIng papers and how to publish references and bibiographies.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    MECHANICS OF APA MANUAL

    Although used by my university, the manual is not user friendly. Its samples and instructions can easily go over one's head.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Perfect

    This manual was perfect for helping me start my own business. It was simple and easy to use.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    An Industry Standard

    This book serves as the only true publication manual for psychological research. A 'must-have' for anyone in the field.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    OK - for APA

    This was the only APA book offered at my college bookstore, so I purchased it. It is OK for the student who needs to use APA format. It does give examples. It tends to be hard to read and in a format that isn't what I thought it would be. I'm still looking for the perfect APA book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    A terrific resource

    As someone making the transition from writing academic papers to writing about the psychology of grief for a wider and more general audience, I am immensely grateful for the PUBLICATION MANUAL OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION. By the way, for a very interesting case study and exploration of grief I cannot recommend highly enough IN THE GHOST COUNTRY by Peter Hillary and John Elder. Beautifully written, innovative and very different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Don't have a headline...

    Are you an idiot, Chili-D? This book isn't about psychology; this book is about how to write and publish correctly. Anyways...the book is thorough and a must-have if you're serious about your papers, or if you want your book to be as correct as possible. Despite it thoroughness however, it's not an easy read. Only for those who are serious about what they do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Helpful Publication

    Readings are comprehensive to all general readers

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