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APA 6th Edition

Authors

  • "Invert all authors' names; give surnames and initials for up to and including seven authors (e.g., Author, A. A, Author, B. B., & Author, C. C.). When authors number eight or more, include the first six authors' names, then insert three ellipsis points, and add the last author's name" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 184).
  • "Spell out the full name of a group author. . . . In a reference to a work with a group author. . ., a period follows the author element" (p. 184). 

See page 184 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010) for more information and examples. Please also see "How should I reference an author with "Jr." or "III" in his name?", "How should I reference a work with an author listed as "with" in APA Style?", and "How do I cite a resource by "Anonymous" or without a stated author in APA style?".

Editors

  • When referencing a chapter in an edited book, the editors' names appear after the title of the book; see "How do I reference a chapter of an edited book in APA Style?" for an example.
  • In a reference to a book authored by an editor, "place the editors' names in the author position, and enclose the abbreviation Ed. or Eds. in parentheses after the last editor's name. The period follows the parenthetical abbreviation (Eds.)." (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 184).
  • "Provide initials and surnames for all editors (for substantial reference works with a large editorial board, naming the lead editor followed by et al. is acceptable) (p. 184).

For more information, please see page 184 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010).

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

APA 7th Edition

Authors

  • "Invert all individual author's names, providing the surname first, followed by a comma and the initials: Author, A.A. .... Provide surnames and initials for up to and including 20 authors. When there are two to 20 authors, use an ampersand before the final author's name: Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C." (American Psychological Association [APA], 2020, p. 286)
  • "When there are 21 or more authors, include the first 19 authors' names, insert an ellipsis (but no ampersand), and then add the final author's name" (APA, 2020, p. 286).
  • "Spell out the full name of a group author in the reference list entry, followed by a period: National Institute of Mental Health" (APA, 2020, p. 288). 

See pages 286-289 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more information and examples. Please also see How Should I Reference an Author With "Jr." or "III" in his Name?, How Should I Reference a Work With an Author Listed as "With" in APA Style?, and How Do I Cite a Resource by "Anonymous" or Without a Stated Author in APA Style?.

Editors

  • Begin reference entries for a resource authored by an editor (such as a book or special issue in a journal) with the last name of the editor(s), followed by first initial(s) and the abbreviation "Ed." or "Eds." in parentheses after the last editor's name (APA, 2020, p. 287)
  • When referencing a chapter in an edited book, the editors' names appear after the title of the book and are not inverted; see How Do I Reference a Chapter of an Edited Book in APA Style? for more information and examples. 

For more information, please see pages 287-288 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000