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Apa format referencing a journal article

apa format referencing a journal article

Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide

This page outlines the correct format for journal articles in an APA reference list:

New to referencing? See the introduction to referencing.

Journal article

Order: author(s), year of publication, article title (not in italics), journal name (in italics), volume number (in italics), issue number, and the page number range of the article.

Castles, F. G., Curtin, J. C., & Vowles, J. (2006). Public policy in Australia and New Zealand: The new global context. Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(2), 131–143.

  • The name of the journal goes in italics, but the name of the article does not.
  • The name of the journal has an upper-case letter for all words except trivial ones (‘of’, ‘in’, etc.).
  • The volume number is in italics. The issue number follows it, in brackets but not in italics. The issue number is only included if each issue begins on page 1.
  • The page number range includes the first and last page of the full article, not just the pages you used.
  • Something missing? More than one author? See referencing elements for answers to common issues.

Online journal article

Order: author(s), year of publication, article title (not in italics), journal name (in italics), volume number (in italics), issue number, page number range of the article (if available), URL or journal home page.

Hsing, Y., Baraya, A., & Budden, M. (2005). Macroeconomic policies and economic growth: The case of Costa Rica. Journal of Applied Business Research, 21(2), 105–112. Retrieved from http://journals.cluteonline.com/index.php/JABR/

6th edition The earlier (5th) edition of APA formats this differently. See 5th vs. 6th for details.

Some journals use a DOI (digital object identifier) to uniquely identify the article. If it is available, the DOI should be used instead of a URL:

Gelkopf, M., Ryan, P., Cotton, S., & Berger, R. (2008). The impact of “training the trainers” for helping tsunami-survivor children on Sri Lankan disaster volunteer workers. International Journal of Stress Management, 15(2), 117–135. https://doi.org/10.1037/1072-5245.15.2.117

See DOI for details.

Magazine or newspaper article

Magazine articles and newspaper articles follow the same format as journal articles, with a few alterations. See the section on referencing other material for details.

References and further reading

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. [Massey Library link]


These pages are provided as a guide to proper referencing. Your course, department, school, or institute may prescribe specific conventions, and their recommendations supersede these instructions. If you have questions not covered here, check in the style guide listed above, ask your course coordinator, or ask at Academic Q+A.

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Last updated on 13 June, 2017

Make a list of the main points from each section, and note whether any graphs, images or statistics presented are relevant or effective. Jot down the strengths or weaknesses of the article, and whether the article achieves its objective. Research any references presented in the article to ensure they are presented or formatted correctly.

Use your notes to complete a review document according to the requirements set forth by your instructor. In the conclusion, discuss whether the article is successful in advancing the field of study it is examining. If required, include a personal assessment of whether the article supports what the instructor teaches in class.

In the citation, begin with the last name and first initial of the author.


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