APA 7th Referencing: Journal Articles

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Basic format to reference journal articles

A basic reference list entry for a journal article in APA must include:

  • Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year of publication of the article (in round brackets).
  • Article title.
  • Journal title (in italics).
  • Volume of journal (in italics).
  • Issue number of journal in round brackets (no italics).
  • Page range of article.
  • DOI or URL
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.


Ruxton, C. (2016). Tea: Hydration and other health benefits. Primary Health Care, 26(8), 34-42. https://doi.org/10.7748/phc.2016.e1162

Material Type In-Text Example Reference List Example
Journal Article: Single author

"Black tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water” (Ruxton, 2016, p. 34).
Ruxton (2016) suggests "Unsweetened tea can be part of a recommended diet” (p. 40).

Include page numbers for direct quotes. 

Ruxton, C. (2016). Tea: Hydration and other health benefits. Primary Health Care, 26(8), 34-42. https://doi.org/10.7748/phc.2016.e1162

Where a DOI is available it must be included at the end of the reference, in the format https://doi.org/10.xxxx

Journal Article: 2 authors

... connection and optimism (Aspy & Proeve, 2017), but others contend ...
Aspy and Proeve (2017) have found ...

Cite both authors each time the reference occurs.

Aspy, D. J., & Proeve, M. (2017). Mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation: Effects on connectedness to humanity and to the natural world. Psychological Reports, 120(1), 102-117. https://doi.org/10.1177/0033294116685867

Journal Article: 3 to 20 authors

(Wilmott et al., 2018) 
Wilmott et al. (2018) noted that… 

Cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. and the year.

Wilmott, C., Fraser, E., & Lammes, S.  (2018). ‘I am he. I am he. Siri rules: work and play with the Apple Watch', European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21(1), 78-95836-839.

Provide the names of all authors in the reference list.

Journal Article: 21 or more authors

Research indicated that "lost sense of smell is a factor" (Khan et al., 2017, p. 344). 


Khan et al. (2019) used criteria which included "reduced or lost sense of smell" (p. 344). 

Cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. and the year. Include page numbers for direct quotes. 

Khan, A., Huynh, T. M. T., Vandeplas, G., Joish, V. N., Mannent, L. P., Tomassen P., van Zele, T., Cardell, L.O., Arebro, J., Olze, H., Forster-Ruhrmann, U., Kowalski, M. L., Olszewska-Ziaber, A., Fokkens, W., van Drunen, C., Mullol, J., Alobid, I., Hellings, P.W., Hox, V., …Bachert, C. (2019). The GALEN rhinosinusitis cohort: Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps affects health-related quality of life. Rhinology, 57(5), 343-351. https://doi.org/10.4193/Rhin19.158

Provide the names of the first 19 authors, insert an ellipsis […] (but no ampersand [&]), then add the final author's name.

Journal Article from most Library databases: No DOI


Nairne and Wilkinson (2018) assert that "our relationship with ourselves is essential to how we each show up professionally" (p. 106).


"Our relationship with ourselves is essential to how we each show up professionally" (Nairne & Wilkinson, 2018, p. 106).

Nairne, D. C., & Wilkinson, H. (2018). What’s love got to do with it? Vermont Connection, 39(1), 106-112.
An article retrieved from most Library databases that does not have a DOI can be presented as though it were a print article.
Journal Article from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

The review included 78 trials employing a variety of intervention approaches (Hodder et al., 2019).


Hodder et al. (2019) identified 78 relevant trials that employed a variety of intervention approaches.

Hodder, R. K., O'Brien, K. M., Stacey, F. G., Tzelepis, F., Wyse, R. J., Bartlem, K. M., Sutherland, R., James, E. L., Barnes, C., & Wolfenden, L. (2019). Interventions for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in children aged five years and under. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD008552.pub6

Articles in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews can only be retrieved from this database, therefore the name of the database (in italics) is included as the source of the article.

Online Journal Article: No DOI 

(With an Article Number)

Marion et al. (2018) explore whether evil characters in film share ...


... including stereotypical depictions of evil characters in film (Marion et al., 2018).

​Marion, T., Reese, V., & Wagner, R. F. (2018). Dermatologic features in good film characters who turn evil: The transformation. Dermatology Online Journal, 24(9), Article 4. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/1666h4z5

For an online journal article with no DOI (other than those retrieved from a Library database), provide the direct URL for the article.

For journal issues with article numbers (rather than consecutive pagination) replace with page numbers with the word 'Article' followed by the article number or eLocator.

Print Journal Article: No DOI assigned
… Aussie Rules is the people’s game (Duncan, 2016)…
Duncan (2016) states that a sense of belonging…

​Duncan, S. (2016). Voices from the grandstands: The attitudes of Australian football fans towards the concept of creating, developing and binding communities. Sporting Traditions, 33(2), 19-40.

Note: Where a print journal article has a DOI you must include it, even though you did not access the electronic version.

Online Journal Article: No page numbers

 ... in all outcomes (Christensen et al., 2019).
Christensen et al. (2019) examine ...

For direct quotes of online material without pagination, name the sections and paragraph number:

The authors' "objective was to identify control journals that did not require data posting" (Christensen et al., 2019, Broad Analysis section, para. 4).

Christensen, G., Dafoe, A., Miguel, E., Moore, D. A., & Rose, A. K. (2019). A study of the impact of data sharing on article citations using journal policies as a natural experiment. PLoS ONE, 14(2), Article e0225883. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225883

Secondary Sources: When you are referring to the ideas or words of an author who has been cited in another work. Also called 'secondary citation'.

Only recommended where the original work cannot be obtained.

Constituting a “global movement toward a more naturalistic approach for childbirth” (Goldbas, 2012, as cited in Sullivan & McGuiness, 2015, p. 20).
Goldbas’s overview (2012, as cited in Sullivan & McGuiness, 2015) indicates…

Provide names of both authors.

Where the year is known for the original work, include it as well as the year of the publication you read.

Sullivan, D. H., & McGuiness, C. (2015). Natural labor pain management. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 30(2), 20-25. https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/sn_pubs/51/


Provide the full reference for the journal article that you actually read.