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What is APA Style?
APA is the official style of documentation of academic sources used by the American Psychological Association (APA). It is considered one of the most commonly used styles in the academic field. It is especially used for citing sources within the field of social and behavioral sciences.
How to List Multiple Authors in the Reference List in the 6th Edition of the APA Manual
The 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual uses an ellipsis (. . .) to replace all authors between the sixth author and the last author. Please note no more than seven authors are listed in the 6th edition. When you have six or seven authors, all of their names should be spelled out in your reference list.
7th Edition of the APA Publication Manual
The American Psychological Association introduced the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual in October 2019. This edition replaced the previous one, the 6th edition of the manual. Since then, several things have changed. The 7th edition of the APA Manual also updated how to list multiple authors in the reference list.
Last Names and Initials for Up to 20 Authors in the Reference List Should Be Provided in the List of Reference
For a work with up to 20 authors, include all of the names in the reference list. When the work has 21 or more authors, replace all authors after the 19th (except the final author) with ellipses, followed by the final author’s name (APA Publication Manual, 7th edition, Chapter 9.8).
|6th edition of the APA||Wiskunde, B., Arslan, M., Fischer, P., Nowak, L., Van den Berg, O., Coetzee, … Kovács, A. (2019)|
|7th edition of the APA||Wiskunde, B., Arslan, M., Fischer, P., Nowak, L., Van den Berg, O., Coetzee, L., Juárez, U., Riyaziyyat, E., Wang, C., Zhang, I., Li, P., Yang, R., Kumar, B., Xu, A., Martinez, R., McIntosh, V., Ibáñez, L. M., Mäkinen, G., Virtanen, E., . . . Kovács, A. (2019). Indie pop rocks mathematics: Twenty One Pilots, Nicolas Bourbaki, and the empty set. Journal of Improbable Mathematics, 27(1), 1935–1968. . https://doi.org/10.0000/3mp7y-537|
|Parenthetical citation||(Wiskunde et al., 2019)|
|Narrative citation||Wiskunde et al. (2019)|
(Source: APA Publication Manual, 7th edition, Chapter 9.8)
Although the examples given above show a journal article, the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual applies to any reference that has more than 20 names in the author element.
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