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APA Style (6th ed.) : Periodicals (Articles)

This guide provides examples of references cited according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Most examples and all guidelines are extracted from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing)

For more information

For more examples and guidelines on citing journal articles and other types of periodicals, please refer to Section 7.01, pages 198-202 of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Magazine & newspaper articles

Magazine article

  • Chamberlin, J., Novotney, A., Packard, E., & Price, M. (2008, May). 
          Enhancing worker well-being: Occupational health 
          psychologists convene to share their research on work, stress, 
          and health. Monitor on Psychology, 39(5), 26-29.

Online magazine article

  • Clay, R. (2008, June). Science vs. ideology: Psychologists fight
          back about the misuse of research. Monitor on Psychology, 39(6). 
          Retrieved from

Newspaper article

  • Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, 
          social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

Online newspaper article

  • Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain 
          agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from 

Newsletter article (no author)

  • Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang initiative conference. 
          (2006, November/December). OJJDP News @ a Glance
           Retrieved from

Journal article

Include the digital object indentifier (DOI) in the reference if one is assigned. If no DOI is assigned and you retreived the article online, include the homepage URL for the source that you are citing.

Journal article with DOI

  • Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital 
          status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health 
          Psychology, 24
    , 225-229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Journal article without DOI (when DOI is not available or print version)

  • Parker, R., & Fox, K. M. (2010). Postnatal depression: A 
          meta-analysis. Australian and New Zealand Journal 
          of Psychiatry, 29
    (3), 272-285.
  • Jones, T. J., & Fields, N. (2003). Emotional quotient and personality. 
          E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-45. Retrieved from

In-press article (not officially published yet)

  • Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action
           and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
           Retrieved from

Journal article with more than seven authors

Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabinovich, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., 
      Asgaard, G., ... Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG 
      activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe
      with stress, dependence, DRD2 A 1 allele, and depressive traits. 
      Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249-267. 

Note: Use the following in-text citation: (Gilbert et al., 2004). When a
reference has up to seven authors, spell out all authors' names in the reference list.