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How do you cite a magazine published seasonally in APA style with biblatex?

Using this MWE:

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[american]{babel}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=apa,sorting=none,sortlocale=auto,autolang=hyphen]{biblatex}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@ARTICLE{10.1:15a,
  ENTRYSUBTYPE   = {nonacademic},
  AUTHOR         = {E. M. Puckett},
  TITLE          = {Printing protection for {S}outhwest {V}irginia healthcare professionals},
  JOURNALTITLE   = {Imagine: University Libraries at Virginia Tech Magazine},
  VOLUME         = {1},
  NUMBER         = {2},
  PAGES          = {4--5},
  DATE           = {2020, Fall/Winter}
}
\end{filecontents}
\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}

\begin{document}

\textcite{10.1:15a}

\printbibliography
\end{document}

I get:

Puckett, E. M. (n.d.). Printing protection for Southwest Virginia healthcare professionals. Imagine: University Libraries at Virginia Tech Magazine, 1(2), 4–5.

There is an explicit example on how to cite the date of works that are published seasonally in APA 7 manual on page 290: "(2020, Spring/Summer)." Thus, the date is supposed to look like this: "(2020, Fall/Winter)."

How do I input the date correctly? Is this implemented in biblatex-apa yet?

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  • biblatex is quite strict in what it can receive in the date field, as you see in the output you get, it cannot handle the input you gave it. year is a little more tolerating, if I recall. But, as far as I understand, biblatex-apa, uses the issuetitle field for the purpose you intend, so date={2020}, issutitle={Fall/Winter}, would be the more semantically correct, imho. But that does not give the output you mentioned from the example.
    – gusbrs
    Feb 1, 2022 at 13:56
  • Also, biblatex format date technically can handle seasons, date = {2020-23/2020-24}, would correspond to "2020 Autumn to 2020 Winter", but I don't get the expected output using it with biblatex-apa. Though biblatex itself does document this information be given in the issue field.
    – gusbrs
    Feb 1, 2022 at 14:07

1 Answer 1

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This is fixed in recently released biblatex-apa v9.16

See this MWE:

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[american]{babel}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=apa,sorting=none,sortlocale=auto,autolang=hyphen]{biblatex}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
    @ARTICLE{10.1:15a,
        ENTRYSUBTYPE   = {nonacademic},
        AUTHOR         = {E. M. Puckett},
        TITLE          = {Printing protection for {S}outhwest {V}irginia healthcare professionals},
        JOURNALTITLE   = {Imagine: University Libraries at Virginia Tech Magazine},
        VOLUME         = {1},
        NUMBER         = {2},
        PAGES          = {4--5},
        DATE           = {2020-23/2020-24}
    }
\end{filecontents}
\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}

\begin{document}
    
    \textcite{10.1:15a}
    
    \printbibliography
\end{document}

Result:

Puckett, E. M. (2020, Autumn/Winter). Printing protection for Southwest Virginia healthcare professionals. Imagine: University Libraries at Virginia Tech Magazine, 1(2), 4–5.

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