Q. When would you use a comma after et al. in APA format?


Here is an example of et al. with the comma in the correct place from the APA help guide:

In-text citation:
Paraphrase: (Roeder et al., 2014) Quotation: (Roeder et al., 2014, pp. 24-25).

References page citation:

Book: Six authors or more

Roeder, K., Howdeshell, J., Fulton, L., Lochhead, M., Craig, K., Peterson, R., … Johnson, K. (2014). Applied psychology.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

The APA Style Blog has more information:

The Proper Use of Et Al. in APA Style

Et al.: When and How?

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  • Last Updated Feb 05, 2020
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