APA Referencing Tip: including author initials in in-text citations

This came up recently when we couldn’t work out why the extremely handy EndNote “cite as you write” word plugin was seemingly making mistakes in its in-text citations for one author and including an initial where we weren’t expecting it. The answer was: there were several authors with the same surname…

In the APA 6th style used by the School of Management citations within the main body of an essay or document normally have the format surname + year e.g. (Gentile, 2010). However, there are occasions when it is correct to include the initials of an author – see this blog post from the APA Style blog which explains how and why.


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