A Few Major Changes in the 7th Edition of American
Psychological Association (APA) Format and Style
Capella’s transition to the 7th edition will end on April 12, 2021,
at which point we will no longer use the 6th edition of APA.
You will now be graded on the information in the 7
References and In-text Citations in APA Style
1. The in-text citation for sources with three or more authors is shortened to the first
authorâ€™s name and â€œet al.â€
(Martinson, Anderson, & DeVries, 2005)
(Martinson et al., 2005)
Note: for two authors, still add both author names, which is the same as before.
(Paul & Elder, 2012).
2. The publisher location is no longer added to the reference. Please continue to add
the publisher name unless the author is the publisher (as is the case below).
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the
American Psychological Association. Washington D.C., Author
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the
American Psychological Association.
3. Surnames and initials for up to 20 authors (previously 7) should be provided in the
Goya, M., Singh, S., Sibinga, E. M., Gould, N. F., Rowland-Seymour, A.,
Sharma, R.,â€¦ Haythornthwaite, J. A. (2020).
Goya, M., Singh, S., Sibinga, E. M., Gould, N. F., Rowland, G., Seymour, A.,
Sharma, R., Berger, Z., Sleicher, D., Maron, D. D., Shihab, H. M.,
Ranasinghe, P. D., Linn, S., Saha, S., Bass, E. B., Nelson, T., Lee., G.,
Gray, P. E., James, H., â€¦ Haythornthwaite, J. A. (2020).
4. DOIs are formatted like URLs and the label â€œDOI:â€ is no longer necessary. For
citation generators, if â€œlibrary.capella.eduâ€ is part of the address, delete the part that
5. The URL addresses are no longer preceded by â€œRetrieved fromâ€ unless a retrieval
date is needed (rare situations). Add the website name unless it is the same as the
author (as it is below).
Capella University. (n.d.). Evidence and APA. Retrieved from
th edition (by the way, you can leave in the link now)
Capella University. (n.d.). Evidence and APA.
Inclusive and Bias-free Language
Writing with inclusiveness and without bias is the writing standard. The APA guidelines
help writers reduce bias and become sensitive to labels, such as those relating to
gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and racial and ethnic identity.
1. Use the singular â€œtheyâ€ or â€œtheirâ€ as a gender-neutral pronoun.
The child developed an anxious-avoidant attachment to his or her mother.
The child developed an anxious-avoidant attachment to their mother.
2. Instead of using adjectives to label groups of people, use descriptive phrases.
People who have disabilities
3. Similarly, use specific age ranges instead of categories or labels
People who are over 65 years old
APA Paper Format
In the 7th edition, APA outlined different paper format guidelines for professional and
student papers. Here are some notable changes.
1. You now have the choice to use multiple fonts. Previously, we only used Times
New Roman 12. Now you have the option to use Calibri 11, Arial 11, Lucida Sans
Unicode 10, Georgia 11, and Times New Roman 12.
2. For student papers, you no longer need to add a running head to your paper.
There are two notable changes in APA style.
1. Add only one space after a period at the end of each sentence (instead of the
previous two spaces). If you are accustomed to two spaces (as most are), I
recommend changing your Microsoft Word program editor to reflect one space (to
catch unintentional double spaces).
3. The gender neutral pronoun â€œtheyâ€ is now used for one person as well as for more
than one person.
For more specific APA assistance, I recommend the Capella Writing Center and the link
to Academic Writer (Capella University, n.d.).
Capella University. (n.d.). Evidence and APA.
Mary Ann Fricko, April 12, 2021.
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