Reference List: Articles in Periodicals

Basic Form

APA format requires that authors are include by their last name and their initials, and the year of publication is placed in the parentheses, and closed by a period. You then have to include the article’s title in sentence-case (implying that only the first word or proper nouns is capitalized). The journal periodical title is put in the title case and next comes the volume number; they are both put in italic. Supposing the article has the DOI number, you need to include it after the page numbers of the journal. Supposing the article does not have a DOI number, and you got it online, include the URL of the webpage.

GreenE. A., Wellbeck, B. Q., &Keen, Y. C. (2015). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages.

Article in Journal Paginated by Volume

When referencing  journal that paginated based on volume  numbers, start with page one in issue one, proceed to number issue two from where issue one ended.

Ballard, D. F. (1983). Coping with stress journal articles. Journal of Mental Health and Physiological Psychology, 55, 883-896.

Article in Journal Paginated by Issue

Journals paginated by issue begin with page one every issue; therefore, the issue number gets indicated in parentheses after the volume. The parentheses and issue number are not italicized or underlined.

When referencing journals that are paginated by issue, start with the first page of each issue, as such, the issue number is shown in the parentheses next to the volume number. Do not underline or italicize the parentheses and the issue number.

Sanchez, R. (2012). The art of communication. The Business News, 16(4), 15-23.

Article in a Magazine

Newton, W. A., III. (2010, April 19). The challenges of modern schools. Time, 135, 18-31.

Article in a Newspaper

Differentfrom other periodicals, p. or pp. comes before the page numbers for a newspaper when using APA format. Single pages are written with a p., for example, p. C2;   but for multiple pages use pp., for example, pp. C2, C4 or pp. D1, D3-D4.

Creswell, S. (2015, May 18).  The fight on terrorism is not yet over. New York Times, pp. 1A, 2A.

Letter to the Editor

Collmore, T. (2012, June). Social media abuse [Letter to the editor]. Marketing American, 257(2), 42.


Hallmark, R. D. (2013). Challenges faced by foreign students [Review of the book Learning Abroad: The realities and myths, by B. W. Chambers & U. Becker]. Contemporary Learning, 31, 426-447.