APSAStyle Manual for Political Scienceis a guide published by the American Political Science Association(APSA). It was revised by the American Political Science AssociationCommittee on Publications in 2006. The revision was done by SteveYoder and Polly Karpowicz. The editor of the revised edition was LeeSigelman. The manual is important for learners, practitioners, andresearchers in the field of political science. This paper presents acritical and detailed review of the APSAmanual for the benefit of stakeholders in the field of politicalscience.
APSAwritingand formatting guide is quite detailed because it contains a lot ofinformation on political science publications. It captures adequateinformation regarding issues to do with submission policy forpolitical science research work, submission form, text styles, andcitation standards required of political science publications.Regarding text style, the manual provides a detailed explanation ofwhat kinds of acronyms, numbers, variables, spacing, equations,compound words, possessiveness, gender neutral language,terminologies, quotation marks, and titles to use in a publication.The citations highlighted in the manual entail a wide range of issuesincluding how to properly reference publications using the order ofchronology. At the same time, the manual presents a detailedexplanation on how to cite publications written by individualauthors, multiple authors, governments, electronic sources, andpublications received from the website of the Inter-universityConsortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
APSAStyle Manual for Political Scienceis a good publication that contains useful information. Having gonethrough the manual keenly, I would like to express my satisfactionwith the information it presents. The first reason why I commend themanual is that it was written by reputable authorities. Besides, itwas based on extensive research to find out more reliable and up todate information on political science publications. Everythingwritten in the manual was done in compliance with, and recognitionof, existing manuals like the Chicago Manual of Style. This means themanual contains useful information that can be relied upon byscholars interested in conducting research and producing publicationsin the field of political science. All the citation and text stylesrecommended in the manual are appropriate for the politicalscientists.
Themanual is, therefore, suitable for political science authors becauseit is updated. The association was concerned about revising theearlier editions of the manual because a current one is appropriatefor use by the current political scientists. This is why theassociation had to rely on experts to do the job. The other importantcommendation on the manual is that it was properly communicated.Right from the beginning of the manual, the authors took thenecessary measures to ensure that the message is clearlycommunicated. This was achieved using an appropriate language thatsuits the target audience. The manual has the right jargons andterminologies commonly used in political science(Meynhardt, 2009).
Inconclusion, APSAStyle Manual for Political Scienceis one of the most interesting publications I have ever read. It is amanual that has all the necessary guidelines for political scienceauthors. As clearly explained in the manual, all political sciencewriters should produce publications in compliance with well-outlinedstandards. All these are clearly explained using a good language thatcan be easily understood by the readers. This is why I commend themanual to anyone who is interested in learning about politicalscience.
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