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ERIC Number: ED460154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 19
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Changes in the APA "Publication Manual": How the New Fifth Edition Will Affect Research Reporting in the Social Sciences.
Daniel, Larry G.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has recently published the fifth edition of its "Publication Manual." This paper provides a brief overview of how this edition differs from previous editions and summarizes features of the new edition that will be likely to have an impact on social science research over the next several years. Both strengths and shortcomings of the Manual are noted. In spite of the general usefulness of the Manual, three shortcomings are noted. For instance, the fifth edition still uses poor models of language by not always making clear that reliability and validity are characteristics of data, or scores, and not of tests. It does give increased attention to reporting effect sizes but instructions for presenting data in analysis of variance tables do not require that the author include a measure of effect size. The third weakness is that the example given for reporting regression result is limited to the presentation of regression coefficients. However, it is encouraging that the APA has become sensitive to the technological capabilities of the average author, and has, for example, created its guidelines for displaying equations that are consistent with the capabilities of most word processing programs. The APA is also paying attention to the larger discussion in the field about methodological reporting issues. The paper concludes that overall, the social scientist would benefit greatly from reading and adhering to the fifth edition of the APA "Publication Manual." A chart comparing five editions of the APA Manual is appended. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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