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Comparison of the Seventh Edition Publication Manual and Seventh Edition Concise Guide to APA Style

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This table compares the seventh edition of the Publication Manual with the seventh edition of the Concise Guide to APA Style. For a chapter-by-chapter overview of new and expanded content in the seventh edition Publication Manual, see the “What’s New” guide (PDF, 1MB)

  7th Edition of the Publication Manual book cover Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition Cover of Concise Guide to APA Style, Seventh Edition (small) Concise Guide to APA Style, 7th edition
Publication date published on October 1, 2019 published on December 24, 2019
Audience graduate and undergraduate students, instructors, researchers, and editors high school and undergraduate students, instructors, and new writers learning APA Style
Format spiral-bound (with tabs), hardcover, or paperback; all versions are in full color spiral-bound and in full color
Size 7 × 10 in. 5.5 × 8.5 in.
Page count 427 pages 326 pages
Paper formatting guidelines guidelines for professional papers, student papers, and annotated bibliographies guidelines for student papers and annotated bibliographies
Sample papers and sample paper elements sample professional paper and student paper, sample title pages, author note, and annotated bibliography sample student paper, sample student title page, sample annotated bibliography
Sample tables and figures more than 40 sample tables and figures 23 sample tables and figures
Citation guidelines and sample references more than 140 sample references, including traditional sources (e.g., journal articles, books, dissertations, and reports) plus many others (e.g., social media, webpages and websites, legal) 118 sample references, including traditional sources (e.g., journal articles, books, dissertations, and reports) plus many others (e.g., social media, webpages and websites, legal examples relevant to students)
Bias-free language guidelines general guidelines for reducing bias and specific guidelines for writing about age, disability, gender, participation in research, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality general guidelines for reducing bias and specific guidelines for writing about age, disability, gender, participation in research, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality
Accessibility guidelines guidelines that support accessibility for all users, including simplified reference, in-text citation, and heading formats as well as additional font options guidelines that support accessibility for all users, including simplified reference, in-text citation, and heading formats as well as additional font options
Journal article reporting standards introduction to journal article reporting standards (JARS) in a chapter that includes the updates to JARS for quantitative research and the first-ever qualitative and mixed methods reporting standards in APA Style; guidelines presented in detailed tables within the chapter, with links to the JARS website for additional resources and tables not included
Mechanics of style punctuation, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, numbers, statistical and mathematical copy, presentation of equations, and lists punctuation, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, numbers, statistics and equations, and lists
Writing style and grammar effective scholarly writing; grammar and usage, including updated guidance on pronoun usage; strategies to improve your writing effective scholarly writing, grammar and usage, strategies to improve your writing
Publication guidelines guidance on preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication, including certification of ethical requirements; guidelines on copyright and permission guidelines on copyright and permission