Many clients state that they are looking for an APA Editor…
It is worth noting that applying the APA style to your manuscript is not editing per se; rather, it involves formatting the document in line with APA requirements. In this short blog post, I will look at some key aspects of APA formatting.
- Origin of APA: “APA” relates to the official style guide of the American Psychological Association (APA).
- APA Subjects: The APA style is generally used in social and behavioral sciences manuscripts (e.g. sociology, social work, education, economics, psychology).
- Font, Spacing and Indentation. The recommended typeface for APA is 12 pt. Times New Roman font; the manuscript should be in double line spacing; and the first line of each paragraph should be indented by half an inch.
- Running Head: A page header, called a running head is included at the top of every page on the same line as the page number.
- In-text Citation (1). APA requires in-text citation, that is, citations are included within the actual text. While the word and should be used in the text, the symbol & needs to be used inside parentheses.
- In-text Citation (2). The first time a citation is used, the year of publication is included after the name of the author(s); it is not necessary to include the publication year again in the same paragraph. However, in new paragraphs, the publication year is required again.
- Headings: APA uses five levels of headings within an academic manuscript which are illustrated below. (To view the headings properly, please be sure to click the actual link for this post.)
1. Centered, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase
2. Left Justified, Bold, Uppercase and Lowercase
3. Indented bold lowercase heading, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period.
4. Indented bold lowercase heading, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period (italics).
5. Indented lowercase heading, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period (italics/no bold).
This list includes a few of the key elements of APA and is far from exhaustive. For example, I have not included information regarding the reference list. Also, aside from the levels of headings, I have not formatted this blog post in APA style.