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APA: Journal/Magazine Articles

About Citing Journal/Magazine Articles

Only the first words of the title and subtitle (and proper nouns) are capitalized in an article title.

Article titles are not italicized.

The title of the publication (journal, magazine, or newspaper) is capitalized normally and italicized.

Only include the issue number if each new issue of the journal or magazine begins with page 1. For publications with continuous pagination, only provide the volume number.

Situations this Section Covers

This section will cover the following examples:

  • Journal Article with One Author
  • Journal Article with Two Authors
  • Journal Article with Three to Five Authors
  • Journal Article with Six or more Authors
  • Magazine Article
  • Newspaper Article

For more examples and information, consult the APA Manual (6th ed.), located at the Information Desk in the Library.

DOIs and Article References (pp. 188-192)

If a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)is listed on either a print or an electronic source it is included in the reference. A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify a certain source (typically journal articles).   

Example: doi:10.1080/14622200410001676305

The DOI is often found on the first page of an article. For more information on DOIs and sample pictures indicating where to locate a DOI on a source, check out pages 188 to 192 of the APA Manual and/or this helpful DOI flow chart put together by the people at APA.

Curious about how to find a DOI?

Check out the tuturial video put together by APA.

Using Microsoft Word

Citations and references can be created using Word 2007.  It's important to check your work when using this tool or web-based citation generators. 

Printable handouts

New information about issue numbers for journals.