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Why does the APA recommend the use of serif fonts?
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PMID:  23336537     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Background:  The publication norms of the American Psychological Association recommend the use of a serif font in the manuscripts (Times New Roman). However, there seems to be no well-substantiated reason why serif fonts would produce any advantage during letter/word processing. Method: This study presents an experiment in which sentences were presented either with a serif or sans serif font from the same family while participants' eye movements were monitored. Results: Results did not reveal any differences of type of font in eye movement measures -except for a minimal effect in the number of progressive saccades. Conclusions: There is no reason why the APA publication norms recommend the use of serif fonts other than uniformity in the elaboration/presentation of the manuscripts.
Authors:
Manuel Perea
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psicothema     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1886-144X     ISO Abbreviation:  Psicothema     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189384     Medline TA:  Psicothema     Country:  Spain    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Universitat de València.
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