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Last Updated: Nov 04, 2021     Views: 3774

The serial comma, also known as an Oxford comma, appears before the last item in a list of three or more items (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 155). The 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association requires authors to include serial commas; see page 155 in the 7th edition manual for information.


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American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).