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APA Referencing (APA 6th edition): Journal/Magazine Article

Referencing help and examples for using the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style.

Print Article - One Author

In-text citation:

By the early Qing Dynasty, both the quality and quantity of Longquan ware production had markedly declined (Coch, 2008, p. 43).

Reference list:

Surname, Initials. (Year). Article title.  Journal title in italics, Volume number in italics (issue number) or issue of publication as listed on the Journal : page number(s).

Coch, C. (2008). Longquan celadon: a revival. Ceramics Monthly, (November): 42-45.

Points to remember:

  • The title of the article is written in normal type .
  • All the words in the title of the magazine/journal (except for stop words like of, the or and) have initial capital letter and are written in italics.
  • If there is no volume or issue number, use the month or the season as listed on the journal.

Print Article - More Than One Author

In-text citation:

You, Cheng and Yan (2009, p. 37) point out that the production of yarns other than cotton also involves a significant level of pollution.


A by-product of the production of synthetic fibres is nitrous oxide, which depletes the ozone layer (You, Cheng & Yan, 2009, p. 37)

Reference list:

You, S., Cheng, S. & Yan, H. (2009). The impact of textile industry on China's environment. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education 2(1): 33-43.

Points to remember:

  • Use 'and' in the list of authors when you use the authors' names in the text of your work but use '&' in the brackets of an in-text citation and in the reference list.
  • The volume number is written in italics e.g 2 in the example above. The issue number is not and is enclosed in brackets e.g. (1)

Print Article - Author Not Known

In-text citation:

All employees at Textor receive training on how the company operates and all attend monthly meetings at which the company's progress is reported ("Textor: staying ahead",  2009, p. 32).

Reference list:

Textor: staying ahead. (2009). Australasian Textiles & Fashion29(1): 32-34.

Points to remember

  • The title of the article takes the place of the name of the author
  • Put double quotation marks around the article title when it is used in the in-text citation
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