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APA format is governed by the seventh edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , an authoritative style guide penned by the American Psychological Association (APA). The Publication Manual is a go-to standard for academic citation and paper structuring, not only in psychology but also across a broad range of disciplines within the social sciences. Its guidelines help standardise the presentation of research findings, making it easier for both writers and readers to follow complex scholarly works.

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APA referencing is the citation system created by the American Psychological Association. It was developed for the APA’s own publications, but it is now used by universities, publishers, and scientific journals around the world.

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APA referencing uses author–date citations. As such, citing a source means:

  • Citing the source in the main text, usually at the end of the relevant clause
  • Giving the author’s surname and a year of publication in brackets
  • Placing a comma between the name and year

For example, we would format a basic APA citation as follows:

Effective communication can increase revenues by up to 15% (Ordan, 2002).

This changes slightly when the author is named in the text. In such cases, you simply cite the year of publication in brackets after the author’s name:

Ordan (2002) says that effective communication can increase revenues by up to 15%.

For instance, the ‘2’ at the end of the first sentence above is a citation for page 34 of the second source in the reference list. The citation at the end of the passage, meanwhile, is for the first, third, fourth, and fifth sources in the reference list.

APA Reference Lists

APA referencing requires you to list every source you cite at the end of your document, complete with publication information. This is known as a ‘reference list’. The basic rules for an APA reference list are as follows:

  • Begin your reference list on a new page headed ‘References’
  • List all and only sources cited in your document
  • Give authors’ surnames first, followed by an initial or initials
  • List sources alphabetically by surname of the first listed author (e.g. ‘Aaronson & Zedwick’ would come before ‘Zedwick & Aaronson’ in an APA reference list)
  • List multiple sources by the same author chronologically by year of publication
  • Use sentence case for book and article titles (i.e. only capitalise the first letter of the first word of titles and subtitles, plus proper nouns)
  • For journal titles, use the same capitalisation as the original publication
  • Italicise the titles of longer works, such as books and journals
  • Use a half-inch (1.27 cm) hanging indent for each line after the first

However, make sure to check your style guide on this. Some universities have in-house rules for formatting reference lists, even if they use APA citations.

The format of reference list entries in APA depends on the source type (e.g. book, journal article, website). In all cases, though, you will need to give enough information to identify the source, including the name of the author and title. For instance, a book with a single author would be listed like this:

Smith, G. 2001. Innovations in fruit preservation . Penguin Books.

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Quoting Sources In APA Referencing

If you quote a source in APA referencing, make sure to include a page number at the end of the citation after a comma. This will point the reader to the quoted text:

It is ‘crucial to adapt to changing technology’ in business (Lazinski, 2018, p. 34).

The citation above, for example, tells us that the quote comes from page 34.

As with basic citations, this format changes slightly when the author is named in the text. In APA, this means citing the year of publication after the author’s name, but giving the page numbers after the quotation itself. For instance:

Lazinski (2018) says that it is ‘crucial to adapt to changing technology in business (p. 34).

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What Sets Our Editing Services Apart

Personalized Assistance : You can access our team of editors after we return your edited proposal or dissertation. Our editors are committed to providing exceptional customer service, answering your questions, and guiding you through any remaining challenges to help you complete your dissertation on time.

Three Levels of Editing: We offer three levels of editing to cater to your specific needs:

  • APA Editing: Our APA editing service focuses on ensuring that your dissertation adheres to the strict formatting guidelines of the APA style. Our editors will meticulously review your document, checking citations, references, headings, and overall compliance with APA guidelines. (See below for pricing)
  • Developmental Editing: If you require more substantial support, our developmental editing service is designed to enhance the overall structure, clarity, and coherence of your dissertation. Our editors will provide insightful feedback and suggestions to strengthen your argument, improve the flow of your ideas, and enhance the readability of your work. (See below for pricing)
  • Proofreading: Our proofreading service is ideal for those who seek a final check for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typographical errors. Our editors will meticulously review your dissertation, ensuring that it is error-free and ready for submission. (See below for pricing)

Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee: We stand by the quality of our work and are committed to your satisfaction. If your committee requests revisions related to the editing we performed, we will make those revisions at no extra fee. We are dedicated to ensuring that your edited dissertation meets the expectations of your committee.

Flexible Turnaround Times: We understand that you may be working under tight deadlines. Our standard turnaround times are provided below. However, if you require expedited editing services, we are happy to accommodate your needs for an additional fee.

Click here to download our document outlining how editing works with Dissertation by Design.

Apa editing.

APA editing includes correcting typos, misspellings, punctuation, grammar, style, syntax, phrasing, transition, flow, and scholarly tone according to APA style guidelines. Our APA style experts will also format the following elements of your document:

  • Margins, page numbers, spacing, and font
  • Reference list entries, including crosschecking them with in-text citations*
  • Lists of tables and figures
  • Table of contents 

*Note: This service does not include researching and verifying references for accuracy. Our professional editors flag references and in-text citations that are incomplete or do not match. It is the client’s responsibility to verify references for accuracy.

Rate: $0.044 USD per word 

Turnaround time ~ 5-7 business days for proposals and 10-14 business days for complete dissertations

Ideal Timeline:

  • Allow 10-14 days for editing and formatting
  • Allocate 2-7 days to review edits and address comments left by the editor
  • Reserve 4-7 days to work with the editor to correct post-editing revisions


Developmental support involves critical analysis of content or organization. 

Professional writers/scholars: We are happy to perform developmental editing to nonstudent scholars and writers in the early stages of drafting a document for professional publication. 

Students: We provide developmental feedback for clients completing a thesis, proposal, or dissertation only as part of our coaching service. If you’d like to learn more about this service, click here to read about coaching or to schedule a free consultation. 

Rate: $90 USD per hour


Proofreading involves reviewing the final proof of an article or book to be sure spelling, punctuation, grammar, and formatting are consistent and accurate. 

Professional writers/scholars: We are happy to perform p roofreading for scholars in the final stage of the editing process before professional publication. Proofreading occurs after all professional copyediting revisions have been completed and the work is in its final form before publication.

Students: Proofreading for students completing a thesis, proposal, or dissertation occurs as part of the APA editing process. We do not provide dissertation proofreading as a separate service for students.  

Rate: Estimates provided on a per-job basis.

Turnaround time ~ 3-5 business days


We offer a variety of assorted dissertation editing services including, but not limited to:

  • Reference list editing and formatting
  • Citation cross-checking
  • ProQuest formatting
  • Table of Contents assembly
  • Table formatting
  • Lists of tables and figures assembly

Rate: $90/hr USD

To receive a quote and purchase dissertation editing services:

Complete the below editing service request form and attach your doctoral dissertation or thesis as a Word file. Please specify any unique formatting needs in the message box provided. We recommend that you include a 24-hour buffer period between the return date and submitting the final doctoral dissertation or thesis to your committee so that you have time to review and address all edits and comments.

We will call you to review your request and issue an invoice via email within 24 hours. We require full payment in advance or a 25% down payment to hold time on the calendar for future dissertation work. If you are in a rush or have questions, please call us at (984) 221.8217.

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