The style of the American Psychological Association (APA) can be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The APA manual details the definitive style for ethics, research and writing mechanics, and citation standards in social and behavioral research. The APA sixth edition is notable for its inclusion of disciplines outside psychology. Thus, APA continues to be the primary citation format for quantitative and qualitative social research scholars in the communication field.
This entry includes a discussion of APA goals and corresponding standards, particularly as they differ from other common writing formats and style guides. This is followed by a brief presentation of APA history and controversies that surround the sixth edition of the APA manual.
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