26 posts categorized "Announcements"

June 24, 2010

Announcing New Features on the APA Style Blog

We are very proud to announce the debut of several new features to the APA Style Blog. We hope that they will improve the usefulness and user friendliness of the site as well as your enjoyment of it. If you read our posts through a feed aggregator like Google Reader, we hope that you will pay our main site a visit at http://blog.apastyle.org to check it out. The new features include

  • a search box to search blog posts,
  • buttons to subscribe to our RSS feed, Twitter feed, or Facebook page,
  • lists of recent posts and comments,
  • our recent Twitter updates,
  • a “ShareThis” button on each post, and
  • an updated and more thorough “About Us” page.

These features are intended to make it easier for you to search the blog, automatically get new content, see what’s new and what’s been talked about recently, and share content you like with your friends and colleagues. All of this information will also be available on our “About Us” page. 

Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy the new features of the site.

May 24, 2010

Join the APA Style Team on Facebook!


We are pleased to announce that APA Style is now on Facebook!

Follow us to get official updates on all things related to APA Style, including announcements about new blog posts, tips and tricks on writing and style, new features on apastyle.org, and more!

March 11, 2010

Follow the APA Style Team on Twitter!

We are pleased to announce a new feature from the APA Style team: APA Style Twitter!

Follow us to get updates on all things related to APA Style, including announcements about new blog posts, tips and tricks on writing and style, new features on apastyle.org, and more. Click the button below to follow us, or visit http://twitter.com/APA_Style:

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What Would You Like to Hear About?

Photo1-21-10by Sarah Wiederkehr

We’ve been going on about who we are, what on earth this thing called a DOI is and how one finds one, and the typical components of an APA-Styled reference. We’ve also expounded, at great length, on the changes in APA Style brought about by the publication of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. As fun as it’s been, and as much as we have enjoyed and learned from your comments, we realize the inherent drawbacks of holding what could be construed as a relatively one-way conversation. We would much rather be spending our energy on explaining things that you would like explained.

So, we pose these questions to you: What sorts of things would you like to hear about from us? What tips or tricks have you found useful in applying APA Style? What particular APA Style guideline trips you up or just plain confuses you? What APA Style rule seems particularly cumbersome? What advice can you give people just learning APA Style?

Sometimes knowing the logic behind a style rule can make a world of difference in learning how to implement (and, we hope, not dread) it. And hearing what works from other veteran users can be invaluable. So let us know what needs explaining, and feel free to share your own insights. Plant your questions, tips, and ideas in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!

October 08, 2009

Note to APA Style Community: Sixth Edition Corrections

Mary Lynn

We are grateful for the lively and thoughtful discussion that has resulted from the release of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual on this blog and also among other APA Style communities. We recently learned of a post on a listserv regarding corrections to the manual that has caused much alarm among members of the APA Style community and, despite good intentions, includes misleading and erroneous information. We would like to clarify the nature and extent of the errors in the sixth edition and tell you how you can access the corrections online.

First, we’d like to verify that the first printing of the Publication Manual is substantively correct, accurate, and fully functional in all areas except for three sample papers that have been corrected and are posted on the web for download.

The first printing was carefully proofed and vetted at multiple stages. The guidance provided in the book is accurate and sound.

Errors in the sample papers, which were relatively minor, have been corrected. You and your students can access the corrected sample papers at http://www.apastyle.org clicking first on "Related Resources" and selecting the "Sample Papers" option from the left-hand column.

We urge you to download the papers from the website and, while you’re there, to take advantage of the free tutorials, FAQs, and other instructional aids that we’ve developed to help readers transition to the new edition of the Publication Manual.

As with the fifth edition of the manual, corrections made to the first and subsequent printings of the manual are posted online. The complete list of errors that will be corrected in the second printing of the Publication Manual can be found at http://www.apastyle.org by clicking on "Supplemental Materials" and selecting "Reprint Corrections" at the bottom of the page. The majority of these are typographical errors that do not affect the content and guidance in the chapters.

We appreciate the efforts of all who have taken the time to send in and point out small typographical errors. We have responded quickly to make corrections as needed, first by posting the corrected sample papers and second by posting a list of typographical errors in all chapters on our website for immediate accessibility for users.

June 29, 2009

APA Style: Who We Are

Mary Lynn SkutleyGary R. VandenBos, PhD

by Mary Lynn Skutley and Gary R. VandenBos, PhD

Hi everyone, and welcome to the APA Style blog! 

We’re unveiling this blog on the same day that the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is being released.   This edition has been three years in the making.  The comments of readers like you had a big impact on the shaping of this edition.  Thanks to each of you who took the time to let us know what was or wasn’t working for you!

Unlike other style guides, the Publication Manual has a dual purpose: to encourage clarity in scholarly writing, and to encourage clarity in the reporting of scientific methodology, particularly emerging practices.  In the sixth edition of the Publication Manual, the first goal is evident in many areas, including new advice for avoiding bias in language and new guidelines for creating tables and figures.

The second goal is evident in expanded descriptions of publication ethics, in new journal article reporting standards (JARS), and in new recommendations for reporting inferential statistics.   

A variety of resources for learning the new rules of APA Style are available at www.APAStyle.org, where you’ll find ample descriptions of the “what” of APA Style.

Up until now, the “who” has been less apparent.  This edition of the manual was developed by a task force of scientists who collaborated with a number of experts in psychology, nursing, business, education, and publishing.  They spent many hours considering the publishing needs of scientists and updating the last edition of this manual to meet those needs.  We hope to hear from some of them in future posts. 

In the meantime, you’ll be hearing from those of us who, like you, work with APA Style every day.  We’ll be talking about what we love—writing and publishing and, occasionally, about what might seem to be odd points of style.  We will feature guest bloggers on various scientific topics from time to time, but our regular bloggers will include staff experts in APA Style.  Come visit!  We look forward to hearing from you. 

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