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AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA) GUIDELINES FOR JOURNAL ARTICLE

When it comes to APA (American Psychology Association) Guidelines for journal articles, there are so many things to look at, like what APA guidelines are, why do we use it, at the end of your writing. What your journal article should look like and at the end of this article, you should be able to confidently write an APA format journal article with the right citations and the right formatting.

When it comes to APA (American Psychology Association) Guidelines for journal articles, there are so many things to look at, like what APA guidelines are, why do we use it, at the end of your writing. What your journal article should look like and at the end of this article, you should be able to confidently write an APA format journal article with the right citations and the right formatting.

First, what is APA format? APA (American Psychology Association) format is generally used in scientific journals and in writing for social science. Basically, APA format is the formal way of the American Psychological Association (APA) used to cite sources in fields like education, psychology, and social sciences.

In 1929, a group of psychologists, scientists and anthropologists got together and agreed to write down style rules for scientific writing. The reason behind that was/is to allow the readers to be able to better understand what they were trying to say. So, that was how APA format was created, these guidelines were later broken down into the APA guidelines that we know today.

Why is the APA format that important in social sciences and psychology anyways, you might say, using the APA style, anyone from researchers and students alike are is to communicate their ideas/information and their experiments in a readable format.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

 When it comes to working with APA, there are two things you have to keep in mind, the in-text citations and the reference page. What the in-text citations are meant for is to be use the author’s name and the date that’s within your papers (I mean your research papers) it (the citation) will then refer back to the reference page at the end, which will list all the citations that you’ve probably used in your research paper (work).

WHEN IS IT COMPULSORY TO CITE A SOURCE IN APA?

It is important to cite a source in APA Format when you quote, paraphrase or summarize from other sources, for instance using a passage in another article in an academic journal, it is compulsory that you list within your writing the author of the work you just used, the year the work was published. When you do that, you are adhering to the guidelines of APA.

Before we go on, lets quickly talk about some BASIC APA RULES.

  • You must always double space, and that includes the text of the paper, the quotations, notes, and the reference page.
  • You should always leave margins of one inch (at least) at the bottom, right, top and left of every page
  • You should always use a reference page for reference to incidental citations
  • Underline titles of books, films, television shows, recordings and pamphlets that are within the text of your paper.
  • You should/must use parenthetical citations to acknowledge direct quotations and or indirect quotations that you’ve borrowed from another source. (person)
  • Learn to always include a running head.

To break what you’ve just read down in a more understandable way, you need to understand that there are four major sections of your paper (journal article) and rules that guide each and every one of them.

  1. Title Page

First is your title page, this section should contain the running head, the title, the author name, and the school affiliation. What your title page does is it allows your reader to quickly know what your write – up is really about and to help answer the question of “who wrote this?”

  1. Abstract

This is a brief summary of your write – up, it follows your title on the section, following the APA Format, It states that your abstract should not be more than 150 – 250 words, it can vary, but that depends on the kind of publication or the requirements of the instructor.

  1. The Main Body

When writing a journal article, the main body of your write – up should include the actual article itself.

  1. Reference

This section of your paper should include a list of all of the sources that you’ve used in writing your journal article. Lets say you cited a piece of information in your article, it should be properly referenced in section of your journal article.

REFERENCE PAGE

The reference page lists all the sources that you have cited in your journal article. If you don’t know what that looks like in a journal article, it’s something like this:

Wesley, E., Tony, John, Doe, and Jane Watson, P. K. (1943). The state of the Human Mind: A test of the human psychology. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 8, 125 – 132.

Please, the example cited above was made up (really doesn’t exist), anyways it should have served its purpose of opening your eyes to what the entry for a journal should look like.

 

 

 

 

 

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