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APA 7th edition

Summary of changes

Old Way (6th Edition) New Way (7th Edition)
Running head for the title page is different than the running head for subsequent pages Running heads are not required for student papers (p. 37)
A pronoun should reflect the same number as the noun it replaces Use of singular “they” is endorsed (pp. 120-121)
Two spaces after a period that ends a sentence is acceptable Use one space after a period, unless otherwise directed (p. 154)
Unregulated areas in capitalization for some proper nouns, science, and medical terms There is increased guidance in this area (pp. 165-169)
The first in-text citation mentions up to five authors The first in-text citation of a work by more than two authors may list only the first author, followed by “et al.” (p. 266)
The reference section lists seven authors of a single work The reference section lists up to 20 authors for a single work (p. 286)
Book references disclosed publisher location Book references omit publisher location (p. 295)
Font specifications: Times New Roman, 12-point is preferred More flexible font specifications (p. 44)
DOI indicated at the end of the reference as "doi:xxxxxxx" DOIs and URLs are presented as hyperlinks (pp. 299-300)
URLs preceded by "Retrieved from" It is no longer necessary to include "Retrieved from" before a URL (p. 299)
Lengthy URLs not addressed When a DOI or URL is long or complex, a shortDOI or shortened URL is permitted (e.g., tinyurl, bitly, etc.) (p. 300)
Brief section describing types of articles (empirical studies, literature reviews, methodological articles, etc.) Detailed descriptions of types of articles and papers (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, meta-analyses, etc.) (pp. 4-10)
Limited examples of online source types Many examples of online sources, including podcasts, various report types, mobile apps, TED talks, webinars, etc. (chapter 10)
One sample paper provided Sample professional paper (pp. 50-60) and sample student paper (pp. 61-67) are provided; student paper template is available on the APA Style website
Brief section of guidelines on reducing bias Entire chapter dedicated to bias-free language guidelines (chapter 5)

This table is adapted from and includes additional information gleaned from side-by-side comparison of the 6th and 7th editions.