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APA 7th abstracts

In general, the APA notes that abstracts should not be longer than 250 words. However, this can vary based on instructor or publication.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th (Section 3.3 Abstract Standards) highlights the features of well-written abstracts in addition to outlining the features for the following:

  • Empirical articles 
  • Literature review articles
  • Methodological articles 
  • Replication articles
  • Quantitative or meta-analyses
  • Theoretical articles 


The APA suggests the inclusion of three to five keywords that describe or identify the main point(s) of your work.


You can also find more information in Sections 2.9 and 2.10 of the Publication Manual. The APA also provides useful instructions in their abstract and keywords guide.