November 24th, 2009 by John Carey
In July of 2009 the American Psychological Association released the 6th edition of the APA Manual of Style, just in time for use with fall classes. However, as many APA users—students and faculty alike—have since learned, the first printing of APA 6th contained an unusually high number of errors, some even in the examples meant to illustrate APA style. The APA has published an online supplement so that users can view and download a summary of the corrections found in the first printing.
The APA has corrected all known errors for the second printing of APA 6th and is recycling all copies of the first printing. To find out whether your copy is from the first printing, check the publisher’s note at the very bottom of the copyright page (opposite the table of contents). The APA is not offering refunds, but they have set up a return/exchange program to replace copies of the first printing, along with some answers to frequently asked questions.
To participate in the exchange program, you must return your defective copy to the APA by December 15, 2009. (Instructors, please note that the APA is not replacing desk copies.)