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I'm writing my thesis dissertation and in the results section I'm showing my results with this sentence:

A small correlation between hit position and time was found for SS2 ($r=-0.143, p<0.01$) but not for SS1 ($p>0.05$) (see Figure 3.2).

I believe I'm following APA guidelines for reporting statistical results and I want to show the reader the figure as it shows graphically my results. But, I don't like having these two parentheses next to each other. What can I do?

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    Don't do anything. That's perfectly fine. – Andrew Leach May 5 '13 at 18:41
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    But if you don't like it rewrite it: As shown in Figure 3.2, a small correlation ... – Jim May 5 '13 at 18:46
  • Is 'two (sets of) parentheses next to each other' against APA guidelines? – Kris May 6 '13 at 6:24
  • It looks OK to me, but I'd probably omit the parentheses around "see Figure 3.2" and put a semicolon before "see". – Andreas Blass Jul 25 '13 at 5:05
  • Rewriting is probably the best solution. Anything else develops into a religious argument. (If it weren't a thesis it wouldn't be such a big deal, but you never can predict the religion of those reviewing it.) – Hot Licks Feb 29 '16 at 20:20
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Keep the double parenthesis. Their separate meaning is clear, and the reader can make separate decisions to elide them in their reading or not as appropriate to them.

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From the 6th edition of the APA handbook:

back to back. Correct: (e.g., defensive pessimism; Norem & Cantor, 1986)

Incorrect: (e.g., defensive pessimism) (Norem & Cantor, 1986)

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