The APA has been known to change their APA formatting guidelines from time to time, such as the latest APA revisions. But what does the APA style_specific APA 6th Edition do in terms of reviews of contemporary literature? Let's see.
The APA's 6th Edition has many new features, including a "discovery_based" process for reviewers. Discovery_based reviews are simply the latest use of the APA style guide. As suggested in the APA site, a reviewer "discovers" a literary work by "looking" first at the author, and then at the literature it's drawn from (the sources listed in the reference pages). The Discovery_Based Review format has been adopted almost universally throughout the APA, but it does have one major deficiency: It may leave out some works which should be included.
For example, it's frequently recommended that new literary editors examine publishers who publish "relevant" literature. Publishers might not be "relevant," per se, but they are often publishing works in fields which are of interest to APA readers. This situation makes it difficult for many APA readers to distinguish literary publications from popular magazines and newspapers, which might otherwise be indistinguishable to a new APA writer.
To remedy this situation, the APA now recommends that new editors look for literature reviews in journals that are not focused on the field of literary studies. In a way, this addresses the Discovery_Based Review idea. The APA still encourages literature review in scholarly journals, but has provided an acceptable alternative.
New books will also likely have literature reviews. Many publishers have now created websites with which to share reviews of books before they are released. For example, the publishers of academic textbooks make a specific note on their web sites (or in booklet accompanying books) of any reviews that have been published elsewhere. So, if you see a notice on a site about a book that was reviewed in Harvard or Cambridge, you can assume that it was reviewed by someone outside the company who felt the author's point of view was well represented.
Some publishers prefer not to use APA formatting, at least when it comes to booklet cover designs. On their web sites, for example, some offer only plain black text on white backgrounds. Others go all out, using every possible font, color, and style on their literature reviews. Such sites are geared more toward publishers who are less likely to be familiar with the APA format.
Finally, some APA editors now send electronic newsletters to members of the APA community. These newsletters provide tips and stories on new books, as well as suggestions for how editors can improve their own work. This is a good option because most people who read APA journal articles are interested in current research, new perspectives, and the evolution of publishing. Many readers welcome this kind of in_depth coverage, and many APA editors find this method of communication to be particularly helpful. In addition, most journal editors have access to a database of short stories, essays, and other material that can be used as background for new work. As a result, the chances for interaction between writers and editors increases, which can help researchers develop new ideas and give fresh direction to their work.
APA offers many benefits to those who are involved in the literature review industry. As technology continues to advance, APA has to adapt to keep up. However, if the APA standards are strictly followed, APA will be able to provide an unrivaled service to scholars and laypeople, and will continue to serve as the foundation for successful careers in the field of psychology.