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APA 7th Edition: Paper Format

Changes to Paper Format

Changes to the Paper Format and Writing Style

  • Increased font flexibility (choose from):
    • sans serif fonts such as 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode, or
    • serif fonts such as 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, or normal (10-point) Computer Modern (the default font for LaTeX)
  • Student papers include at a minimum:
    • Title page 
    • Text 
    • References 
  • Student papers no longer include:
    • Running head
    • Abstract
    • Author note
  • Use bolded titles and new guidelines for all levels of headings
  • Biased-free language:
    • Use singular "they" or "their" when gender is unknown or not relevant.
    • Gendered pronouns (he/she, him/her) are only appropriate when referring to a specific individual who identifies with that pronoun​
  • Use one space after the end of punctuation


New APA 7th Ed. Manual

Paper Format

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