I was doing a research using apacite:


The outcomes were good, but the APA manual is now at the 7th edition, and I need to know how can I do my references and citations with the APA 7th edition guidelines.

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    I don't think apacite has been updated to reflect the APA 7th edition, but biblatex-apa has been.
    – Alan Munn
    Feb 8, 2020 at 4:44
  • See the addendum to this answer for information on how to switch from the bibtex/apacite approach to a biblatex-based approach that incorporates the formatting requirements of the 7th edition of the APA manual.
    – Mico
    Feb 8, 2020 at 6:56

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The version of apacite currently available on CTAN (v6.03 2013/07/21) implements the requirements of the 6th edition of the APA manual. I am not aware of any BibTeX implementation of 7th-ed. APA style. You can of course try and contact the author of apacite about that and ask for 7th-ed. APA style as a feature request.

For the time being biblatex-apa is the only implementation of 7th-ed. APA citation and bibliography style that I know of. Note that you need at least version 9.0 (released 2019-11-23) of biblatex-apa.

Since biblatex-apa is biblatex-based, you will have to apply some changes to your document, see What to do to switch to biblatex?. In particular a document using biblatex-apa must be compiled with Biber instead of BibTeX (some background is at bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib and Question mark or bold citation key instead of citation number), so you may have to reconfigure your editor: Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations.


\usepackage[style=apa, backend=biber]{biblatex}


Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson,worman,nussbaum,geer}

Citations and bibliography in APA style (7th ed.)

biblatex-apa users who want to go back to 6th-ed. APA style will be interested in biblatex-apa6. The only change necessary is to go from style=apa, to style=apa6,.

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