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APA 6th Edition Style Guide: Publishers

American Psychological Association rules for formatting papers, in-text citations, and end references. Examples based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual from the APA. By Alexis Carlson

General Rules for Publishers

A publisher is the "person, firm, or corporate body responsible for making a work available to the public" (NISO). Publisher information is usually found on the title page or verso of the title page of a book. Record the name as it appears in the publication.


Omit the words Publishers, Co., and Inc. from publisher names. Retain the words Books and Press.

If more than one publisher is given, use the first one or the one that represents the home office, if given.

Begin publisher information after the location, begin with a colon. End publisher information with a period.


Sittler, R. L. & Cook, D. (2009). The library instruction cookbook. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

If the publisher is the same as the author, then use the word Author in place of the publisher name.


American Psychological Association. (2009). Crediting sources: Citing references in text. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., p. 177) Washington, D.C.: Author.