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APA Journal Article Citation

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How to Reference a Journal Article in APA

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Use the following template to cite a journal article using the APA citation format. We also provide style guides for the MLA and check out our free APA citation maker.

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Citing a journal article in APA (print)

Structure:

   Author, A. (Publication Year). Article title. Periodical Title, Volume(Issue), pp-pp.

Example:

   Nevin, A. (1990). The changing of teacher education special education. Teacher Education and Special Education: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 13(4), 147-148.

Citing an online journal article in APA

Structure:

   Author, A. (Publication Year). Article title. Periodical Title, Volume(Issue), pp-pp. doi:XX.XXXXX or Retrieved from URL

Example:

   Jameson, J. (2013). E-Leadership in higher education: The fifth “age” of educational technology research. British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(6), 889-915. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12103

Notes: When creating your online journal article citation, keep in mind:

  • APA does NOT require you to include the date of access/retrieval date or database information for electronic sources.
  • You can use the URL of the journal homepage if there is no doi number assigned and the reference was retrieved online.
  • Example: Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8535;jsessionid=956132F3DE76EEB120577E99EE74CE9C.f04t01
  • A doi (digital object identifier) is an assigned number that helps link content to its location on the Internet. It is therefore important, if one is provided, to use it when creating a citation. All doi numbers begin with a 10 and are separated by a slash.

Citing unpublished journal articles in APA

Unpublished article

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year). Article title. [Unpublished manuscript]. Department Name, University Name.

Example:

   Allen, J. (2020). The Landscape of US Public Health Education. [Unpublished manuscript]. Department of Health, University of Texas

Submitted for publication

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year). Article title. [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Department Name, University Name.

Example:

  Allen, J. (2020). The Landscape of US Public Health Education. [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Department of Health, University of Texas

Accepted for publication

Structure:

   Author, A. (in press). Article title. Journal Name.

Example:

  Allen, J. (in press). The Landscape of US Public Health EducationHealth Education Research.

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