The 7th edition of APA style has arrived!


In the Fall of 2019, the American Psychological Association released the 7th edition of its popular citation format, often referred to as “APA style.” This format is commonly used in science and research based courses and is one of the most popular citation styles available on!


At EasyBib, we are working on making updates to our citation style offerings to make APA 7 available. In the meantime, you’re probably wondering what’s new in this edition. Read on for details on some of the most important changes made to APA format:


Paper formatting and word choice guideline changes: 

  • The words “Running head” no longer need to be included on the title page. Instead, the title page only requires the page number and the abbreviated version of the paper title at the top.
  • The new style version endorses the use of the singular “they” as an option for a gender neutral pronoun.

Citation and reference page guideline changes: 

  • The label “DOI:” is no longer required in online resource/website citations, and DOIs can now be represented as URLS (htttps://

APA 6 vs 7 example with DOI

  • For an APA in-text citation for a work with three or more authors/contributors, only write the first author’s name and then include the abbreviation “et al.” for the rest. 
    • Example: (Johnson et al., 2019)

APA 6 vs 7 in text citation example

APA 6 vs 7 retrieved citation

  • You no longer need to include the location of a source’s publisher.
    • Example: “Atlanta: Random House” would just become “Random House.”

APA 6 vs 7 publisher city

  • The format of an ebook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.) is no longer needed in citations.

APA 6 vs 7 ebook example

For more information of what has been updated in the 7th edition, check out the official announcement from the American Psychological Association here.


Find EasyBib resources on more than just APA! Grab a plagiarism and grammar check, read up on what is MLA format, learn about irregular verbs, and more at

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Elise Barbeau

Elise Barbeau is the Citation Specialist at Chegg. She has worked in digital marketing, libraries, and publishing. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in History/Art History, and earned her Master’s degree in Public History/Library Science from St. John’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and cheering on the Yankees/Islanders/Jets. She lives and works in New York.