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APA 7th ed. Highlights

This guide is to assist you in navigating the new 7th edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual.

Inclusive and Bias-Free Language

Reduce bias around topics such as gender, age, disability, racial and ethnic identity, and sexual orientation, as well as being sensitive to labels and describing individuals at the appropriate level of specificity. Some examples include:
 
  1. The singular “they” or “their” is endorsed as a gender-neutral pronoun.
6th ed. A researcher’s career depends on how often he or she is cited.

7th ed.  

A researcher’s career depends on how often they are cited.
  1.  Instead of using adjectives as nouns to label groups of people, descriptive phrases are preferred.
6th ed. The poor

7th ed.  

People living in poverty                                                                      
  1. Instead of broad categories, use exact age ranges that are more relevant and specific.​
6th ed. People over 65 years old

7th ed.  

People in the age range of 65 to 75 years old

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