APA 7th edition notable changes | Summary of changes

The American Psychological Association (APA) released APA 7th edition, an upgrade of APA 6th edition, in October 2019. The primary objective of this post is to highlight the most notable changes in this novel APA 7th version. The notable changes include title page formatting, running head, publisher location, DOI, retrieved from, bias-free language, and mechanics of style.

  • The Title Page

According to Purdue Owl, APA 7th edition recommends unique title pages for professionals and students.

The contents of a professional title page are the paper title, name of each author, affiliation of each author, author note (if necessary), a running head, and the page number.

The contents of a student’s paper title page are paper title, author name, affiliation, course number and name, instructor’s name and title, assignment due date, and the page number.

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  • Sample Student Paper Title Page
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  • Running Head

Please note that the running head is no longer required on the title page of a student’s paper. The shortened paper title and page number are only required.

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  • Publisher Location

The location of the publisher of the source is no longer required in the reference.

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  • APA Headings

Level 1: Centered, Boldface, Title Case Heading

Level 2: Flush left, Boldface, Title Case Heading

Level 3: Flush Left, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading

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  • In-text Citations

The in-text citation for a source with three or more authors is shortened to include only the first author’s name and “et al.”

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  • Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

The label DOI in a source is no longer required. DOI is formatted like a URL.

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  • No “Retrieved from” in URLs

Unless a retrieval date is required, “retrieved from” is no longer necessary in APA 7th edition. Instead, include the name of the website.

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  • Bias-free Language

APA 7th new edition strongly endorses inclusive and bias-free writing. Authors are encouraged to reduce bias when writing about gender, racial identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, and sensitive issues.

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  • Mechanics of Style

The new APA 7th edition has minimal style changes compared to APA 6th edition. However, fundamental changes to note on style are the use of period and italics.

When referring to linguistic examples, use double quotation instead of italics.

  • Reference List

Lastly, there are minimal changes in the reference list section in APA 7th edition from APA 6th.

For instance, few changes were introduced on how to cite electronic sources.


The simplified guide highlights and visualizes the most notable changes in the new APA 7th edition.

Why should you cite sources?

Always cite and reference sources correctly in your research papers. It is the best way to properly credit the authors and enable the readers to locate and access the sources easily.

More importantly, it helps you to avoid plagiarism.

To read more of what’s new in the Publication Manual of APA 7th Edition (2020), click here.

Click here to read more of the APA 7th edition changes on Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Click here to read more about the most notable changes in APA 7th edition on Scribbr.

Click here to read more of APA 7th changes on ECU Libraries.

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