The American Psychological Association (APA) publishes its Publication Manual, now in its sixth edition, documenting (among other things) the APA Style, a citation and referencing style. APA Style is pretty common. It is pretty much the only style used in psychology journals, but is also used in other fields. There are BibTeX packages on CRAN to implement it.

We have quite a few questions related to APA style.

I propose creating a new tag and retagging these questions (except for this one and this one) unless there are objections.


  • To the downvoter: was the downvote because you disagreed with the idea or because you thought it was a bad question? I think a question can be good even if the answer is "no"
    – jakebeal
    Mar 24, 2015 at 14:52
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    @jakebeal voting on meta is different and down votes often me "no" even if it is a good question.
    – StrongBad
    Mar 24, 2015 at 15:33
  • @StrongBad Thanks: Somehow, I had never realized that the help menu was different in meta...
    – jakebeal
    Mar 24, 2015 at 15:40
  • This has been open for five days, with no activity for the last three. I'll ask the mods to tag this status-declined. Thanks everyone! Mar 29, 2015 at 18:11

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Personally, I don't really think we need a separate tag for each . (Let the votes on this answer indicate what everyone else thinks...)

  • APA style is a lot more than just a citation style. There are at most a few other style guides that are as comprehensive (e.g., Chicago and Modern Language Association). That said, I am not sure the tag is needed.
    – StrongBad
    Mar 24, 2015 at 14:18
  • @StrongBad We also have writing-style and graphics to cover other style issues. (Although all but 2 of the questions in Stephan's query are about citation)
    – ff524
    Mar 24, 2015 at 14:30
  • I think citation-style is enough but cannot we make the proposed apa-style a synonym to it? Just like what we have for gender tag and its synonyms?
    – enthu
    Mar 24, 2015 at 19:56

What about a tag to cover things like APA, MLA, and the others, where the question is about things that go beyond citations?


APA style is so obnoxiously comprehensive (and generally obnoxious and different from other styles) that I think it's reasonable to have its own tag.

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