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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association(r) (Paperback, 6)

| Amer Psychological Assn | 7/15/2009

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The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language. Well-known for its authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures, and tone that will result in strong, simple, and elegant scientific communication. The sixth edition offers new and expanded instruction on publication ethics, statistics, journal article reporting standards, electronic reference formats, and the construction of tables and figures. The sixth edition has been revised and updated to include: 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; and, new instruction on using supplemental files containing lengthy data sets and other media. This book includes 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 electro physiological and biological data. It offers 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. It features expanded discussion of the publication process, including the function and process of peer review. It contains a discussion of ethical, legal, and policy requirements in publication; and guidelines on working with the publisher while the article is in press. Key to this edition of the Publication Manual is an updated and expanded Web presence. Look up additional supplemental material keyed to this book. This book lets you test your knowledge of APA Style with a free tutorial on style basics. It lets you learn about the changes in the sixth edition with a free tutorial reviewing key revisions. Sign up for an on-line course to enrich and enhance your understanding of APA Style. Read the APA Style blog and share your comments on writing and referencing. Consult frequently asked questions to sharpen your understanding of APA Style. This title lets you examine additional resources on such topics as ethics, statistics, and writing. It lets you familiarize yourself with submission standards for APA books and journals.

What's New in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual?

Book has been updated to acknowledge and incorporate advances in computer technology.
New discussions of the creation, submission, and storage of supplemental data.
New guidelines for referencing electronic sources.
New and expanded reference examples for a variety of on-line sources.
Redesigned APA Style® website, expanded to provide tutorials, on-line courses, and other resources for learning APA Style.
Book has been reorganized and streamlined for ease of use.
Organized to describe the writing process from idea to publication, it begins with background information on ethical issues in publishing, then moves on to manuscript structure and content, then writing style and rules, then graphics and references, then guidance on working with the publisher.
Sample paper section has been moved up and featured to better exemplify manuscript structure and content.
Like discussions have been moved to one place in the book, with discussions of function followed by instruction on form.
Focus has been broadened to include readers in the behavioral and social sciences.
Information specific to APA has been moved to the web, where it is more broadly accessible and can be updated frequently.
New examples throughout the book have been drawn from publications in education, business, and nursing as well as psychology.

Chapter-by-Chapter changes

Chapter 1: Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Ethics discussion significantly expanded:
a.New section on data retention and sharing
b.New section on self-plagiarism
c.Expanded section on duplicate and piecemeal publication
d.New discussion of determining authorship, focusing on student contributions
e.Expanded section, “Protecting Rights of Research Participants” additional expanded guidance on assuring confidentiality
f.Expanded guidance on conflict of interest
g.New “planning for compliance” checklist

Chapter 2: Manuscript Structure and Content
New section on uniform standards for reporting research.
Journal article reporting standards incorporated into new discussions of abstract, methods, statistical results, and discussion.
Three modules added with standards for describing experimental manipulations.
Flow chart added to describe how subjects move through study.
New section on meta-analyses.
New section on supplemental material.
New sample papers featured that illustrate key new rules of APA style.

Chapter 3: Writing Clearly and Concisely
New heading structure established to simplify retrieval and ease reading comprehension.
Fully revised guidelines on reducing bias in language.
New section on historical and interpretive inaccuracies in language.
a.Use of “subjects” vs. “participants” revisited, with “subjects” fully accepted for use.
b.Gender?guidelines for avoiding bias updated (e.g., question the use of such constructions as “opposite” sex).
c.Definitions and preferred usage for terms “transsexual” and “transgender” updated.
d.Race?avoid language that reifies race, avoid use of “minority” for “non-White”.
e.New sentence added for those of Middle Eastern descent.

Chapter 4: The Mechanics of Style
Punctuation?return to two spaces after the period at the end of the sentence recommended for ease of reading comprehension.
Numbers?requirement to use numerals for numbers below 10 grouped with those above 10 has been dropped.
Numerals vs. words?exception has been added for using words when discussing approximations of days and months (about five days).
Decimal fractions?new guidelines for reporting of p values to two or three decimal places. (However, p values less than p<.001 should be reported as p<.001).Statistics in text?new guideline added to include not only statistics but also associated effect sizes and confidence intervals.
Form for reporting confidence intervals delineated.

Chapter 5: Displaying Results
Expanded general guidance on determining the purpose of data displays and designing to achieve that purpose.
New section on confidence intervals in tables?guidance on reporting results of statistical significance in tables.
All new tables, focused on kinds of data being displayed.
New table examples added (hierarchical multiple regression, multilevel model); ANOVA table removed.
New section on principles of figure use and construction.
New section on presenting electrophysiological, radiological, and biological data.
New cautions about ethical ramifications of manipulating data in photographic images.
[Note that this chapter may be distinguished as much by what has been removed as by what has been added. No longer here:

Long text passage describing kinds of graphs (scatter plot, line, bar, etc)
Section on line art v. half tone
Much reduced section on preparation of figures]

Chapter 6: Crediting Sources
Chapter now groups rules for quoting and guidance on getting permissions with standards for citation.
Citations?new passage added on what to cite and recommended level of citation.
New guidance on in-text citations of material quoted from electronic sources with no page numbers.
Reference list
a.New discussion on citing the archival version or version of record.
b.New expanded information on electronic sources and locator information, with an emphasis on the DOI.
c.New guidance on what to include for publication information, with focus on electronic sources.

Chapter 7: Reference Examples
All new reference examples?electronic formats incorporated with print formats for each form.
Examples drawn from wider range of journals in social and behavioral sciences.
New examples for new media, including data sets and software, internet message boards, archival documents and collections, wikis, and podcasts.

Chapter 8: The Publication Process
New discussion of peer review.
New discussion of editorial decision-making process by which manuscripts are accepted or rejected.
Author responsibilities?new section in getting assistance on scientific writing in English.
Guidance on complying with ethical, legal, and policy requirements condensed in one place.
Condensed information on publisher policy requirements.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1433805618
  • ISBN-13: 9781433805615
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 7.01 (h) x 0.59 (d)