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APA - Referencing Guide

Journal Articles


  This information relates to journal articles from print sources.

  Include a DOI for all works that have a DOI, regardless of whether you used the online version or the print version.

  For journal articles from electronic sources, please see E-journals.

  Arrange information about the source in the format given.

  Only the author's initials are given, regardless of the presentation of the author's name on the journal article.

  The given name may be cited in full to identify the author when different authors have the same surname and initials.

  Provide family names and initials for up to and including 20 authors. When there are two to twenty authors, use an ampersand (&) before the final author's name.

.  When there are 21 or more authors, include the first 19 authors' names, insert an ellipsis (...) and then add the final author's name.

  Capitalisation practice should also be consistent.

  Only the first word of the article title and proper nouns are capitalised.

  Journal titles and sub-titles are given maximal capitalisation.

  Journal titles and volume numbers are italicised when typed or underlined when handwritten. The issue number is never italicised.

  Include the issue number in parentheses immediately after the volume number, for all journals that have an issue number.


Standard format for citation

Article Author, A. A., & Article Author, B. B. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), inclusive page numbers.


Journal articles

Hanna, K. (2007). Adsorption of aromatic carboxylate compounds on the surface of synthesized iron oxide-coated sands. Applied Geochemistry, 22(9), 2045-2053.

Kyratsis, A. (2004). Talk and interaction among children and the co-construction of peer groups and peer culture. Annual Review of Anthropology, 33(4), 231-247.

Parker, G., & Roy, K. (2001). Adolescent depression: A review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35(5), 572-580.

Zhang, B., Cohen, J., Ferrence, R., & Rehm, J. (2006). The impact of tobacco tax cuts on smoking initiation among Canadian young adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 30(6), 474-479.

Journal article with DOI

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

Journal article: No author

The pain of being a caffeine freak. (2001, October 6). New Scientist, 172(2311), 27.

See the All Examples page for examples of in-text and reference list entries for specific resources such as articles, books, and web pages.