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APA Style: Journal Articles

A guide to APA referencing style for Khalifa University students and staff


 This information relates to journal articles from print sources.

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.

Capitalisation practice also should 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.

If, and only if, each issue of a journal begins on page 1, give the issue number in parentheses immediately after the volume number.


Standard format for citation

Article Author, A. A., & Article Author, B. B. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number (issue number if necessary), 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, 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, 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, 474-479.

Journal article: No author
The pain of being a caffeine freak. (2001, October 6). New Scientist, 172(2311), 27.