🧠 What’s changed in APA Style 7th edition?

The American Psychological Association has announced the newest version of their publication manual: the 7th edition. It will be officially released in October, and arrives just over 10 years since the 6th edition was published. Here’s what we know so far:

APA 7th edition cover

Writing citations

Fundamentally not much is changing to the way citations are written, so if you’re comfortable with writing citations according to the 6th edition rules then it should be a smooth segue into the 7th edition. Guidelines and citation examples are being added for newer information sources that have emerged or grown in popularity since the 6th edition, like social media messages and videos, and other electronic mediums.

Punctuation

Notably in the body of your APA-style paper, the manual now states to always use a single space at the end of all punctuation whether it’s at the end of a sentence or not. Previously in the 6th edition, two spaces would be required at the end of a sentence, with a single space after any punctuation that isn’t at the of a sentence.

Bias-free language

Guidelines are being added to use bias-free language when referring to people or entities. This means using the word “they” instead of gender pronouns like “he”, “she”, “his” and “her”.

Accessibility

APA style 6th edition requires the Times New Roman font in 12pt size, which is a relatively small serif font that can be hard to read. The 7th edition is adding more font options for students who struggle with this font, which is a welcome change.

💡 A serif font is one with extra strokes or curly lines added to each letter. A sans-serif font is a simpler font without these extra strokes, and is easier to read. The font this page is written in is a sans-serif font.

Samples

Students new to writing and citing in APA style will be pleased to see complete examples demonstrating visually how to lay out a paper in the 7th edition style. This includes the title page, main body, bibliography, and any other nuances. We also have this information available in our APA Format Guide.

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We will update this post to include further changes closer to the publication date of the new 7th edition manual.

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