Help with APA Style

Free Online Help for Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Overview of APA journals. The following link takes you to the journals section of, the official website of the American Psychological Association (APA). There, you can sort and filter the journals by title and subject, read sample articles, and find the right journal for your article.

Author resources for APA journals. The following takes you to the author resource center of It is loaded with useful advice for finding the right journal and then preparing and submitting your manuscript in correct APA style.

Author resources for APS journals. The following takes you to a section of the official site for the Association of Psychological Science (APS). There you can learn about their review process and find instructions for preparing and submitting manuscripts.

Author resources for AERA journals. The following takes you to the site for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). It describes their publications and has links to pages where you can learn more about their manuscript submission guidelines.

Free Online Help with APA Style

YouTube channel for my APA-style book. This link takes you to the companion YouTube channel for my book APA Style for Papers, Presentations, and Statistical Results: The Complete Guide (2018). You’ll find videos that show how use Microsoft Office Word or IBM SPSS Statistics to perform some of the tasks described in the book.

APA Style Blog. This takes you to the APA Style Blog: the official online companion to the APA Publication Manual. Those who manage it are experts on APA style, and you can search its voluminous achieve of previous posts for guidance on just about any topic you can imagine. I find it particularly useful for learning how to format the more-obscure types of references and in-text citations that are not covered in the APA Publication Manual itself.

Purdue OWL. The following link takes you to the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). Although it provides guidance on all kinds of topics pertaining to APA style, many students say they are especially likely to go there for help with references and in-text citations.

Free Resource for Looking Up Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

DOI locator. The following link takes you to—a free reference-linking service that makes it easy for students and researchers to find DOIs for scholarly articles. The abbreviation DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. To use the site, you must first create an account. This is free—they just require a valid email address. Then follow the online directions. In most cases this means providing whatever reference information you currently have regarding an article (author, date, title, journal, etc.). The web site provides a sample reference to illustrate the format that you should follow when typing this information. Submit it and immediately returns the correct DOI for the article. You can then copy the DOI from the web site and paste it directly into your References section.