Whereas the first printing of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (the APA manual) contains at least 81 separate errors, and Whereas the APA is viewed as the standard for precise writing not only in psychology, but also in sociology, economics, business, nursing and justice administration, among other fields, and Whereas tens of thousands of students all around the world are trained every year to follow APA style to the letter, and Whereas thousands of researchers, teachers, librarians, editors and institutions with limited budgets purchased the APA Manual 6th edition in good faith with the reasonable expectation that they would receive a complete and correct product, and Whereas the numerous errors in the first printing make it unsuitable for teaching, for writing, for editing, for publishing or for reference, and Whereas the APA represents itself as an ethical organization and a proponent of ethical and respectful treatment of all sentient beings, and Whereas defective products in other industries are routinely replaced free of charge, We hereby demand that the APA replace all copies of the Publication Manual, 6th Edition, first printing with corrected second printing versions. The APA should publicize a telephone number that owners of the defective first printing can call to order a return postage label. Upon receipt of a first edition (defective) copy, the APA should immediate ship a corrected (second edition or later) copy to the buyer at no charge. As an alternative remedy, the APA could make the complete, corrected text of the 6th Edition available free online to everyone.
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