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"Is This REALLY APA Format?": A Presubmission Checklist for the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research
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by Kirsten L. Rewey, John A. Juve, Alyson Weiser, and Stephen F. Davis - St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Rewey); Emporia State University (Juve, Weiser, Davis)
Category: Editorials & Invited Articles
At the 2000 meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association we presented a poster detailing the most common formatting errors among submissions to the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Juve, Weiser, Kennedy, Davis, & Rewey, 2000). To summarize, we reviewed 69 papers submitted to the Psi Chi Journal and identified all deviations (but not repetitions of deviations) from current standards set in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (PM; APA, 1994). Juve et al. (2000) reported 780 total errors, an average of 11.3 deviations from the PM per manuscript. In addition, we concluded that the majority of errors were mechanical problems that could be easily corrected. The purpose of the present editorial is to provide student authors and faculty advisors with a checklist of common formatting errors. Using the checklist during careful and deliberate proofreading of manuscripts prior to submission to the Psi Chi Journal should eliminate many of the formatting difficulties student authors encounter during the submission process...