A periodical is a magazine or journal that comes out in regular installments. This page provides a number of examples of how to cite a periodical article. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, try match the closest example or consult the official APA manual.
The basic format for articles is as follows:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year of publication). Title of the article. Periodical Title, volume number(issue number), page range, doi.
Here is what that looks like in practice:
Rush, N. M., Quick, C. F., & Scamper, A. (2016). The handwriting of psychology students analyzed through the notation of the ampersand in final exams. The Psychic Calligraphist, 22(1), 1-18, https://doi.org/10.1241/1487.983cbb
- Provide initials for first names.
- Whenever you cite more than one author, use an ampersand before the final name.
- Don’t capitalize key words in your title. Only the first word and proper nouns need capitalization.
- Use italics for the periodical title and volume.
- Provide the issue number only if each issue starts pagination from page 1.
- For more information about DOIs, check out our separate page and consult the examples below.
- Depending on the citation, some details may be altered or omitted.
Article in Print
An article in print does not need a DOI number:
Kappa, A. B., Middlington, E. & Mooney, P. R. (2016). The non-uniformity of heterogeneous co-ed frat houses. Social Architectonics, 12, 99-108.
Article with DOI
When you add a DOI, make sure you omit the final period.
Wittles, Q. (2011). Freud and the art of doodling. Art and Psychology, 19, 22-33. https://doi.org/10.1091/1598300983
Article with URL
Plump, T. T., & Carrot, C. V. (2012). Quarterly sales of hamburgers and hotdogs in Hamburg and Frankfurt. Journal of Fast Food Economics, 9(3), 88-93. http://ufv.lib/us/12.9.3/sales
More Than Twenty Authors
When citing a source with more than twenty authors, delete every name after nineteenth and before the final one. Use three spaced periods to indicate the omission:
Seacrest, B. T., Reynolds, A. T., Etheridge, L., Cruise, T., Merkel, A., Bergkamp, N., Colon, S., Semi-Colon, B., Comma, N., Dash, Z., Potato, M., Waffle, C., Chocolate, K., Kamp, U., Fifteener, V. Jones, E, Watson, T. Chupkra, M., Klosur, I., . . . Ratzinger, W. (2015). Coping with the fears of brain freezes and melting ice-cream. Childlike Psychology, 5(2), 144-89. https://doi.org/10.8733/0988434.56.777
Article In Press
Whipper, T. X., & Knuckleboner, P. C. (in press). Some differences between the British and the Scottish clammy handshake. Journal of Body Language.
If you’re citing a popular magazine (rather than an academic periodical), you may want to give the month and/or day of publication:
Slinky, B. (2014, May 3). The elephant in the room, or how to tranquilize an unusually obese man. Popular Anesthetist, 108(4), 33-35.
For magazines published online, add a URL.
For newspaper articles, provide the day and month, and, where appropriate, cite page numbers by the section of the paper:
Hendrix, K. (2001, November 2). Sociology professor wears pajamas to class. Blue River Gazette, B1, B7-B8.
In this example, the article can be found in section B.
For online newspapers, just replace the section with the URL of the article:
Hendrix, K. (2001, November 2). Sociology professor wears pajamas to class. Blue River Gazette. https://www.brgazette.com/2001/11/02/sociology-professor-wears-pajamas-to-class
Special Issue or Section
Sometimes a periodical is devoted entirely to a single issue or topic. If you would like to cite the issue as a whole, provide the names of the editors followed by the title of the issue and the designation “special issue”:
Crabby, M., & Grumby, Z. (Eds.). (2011). The anxiety of influence: Why the fear of plagiarism haunts academics [Special Issue]. Journal of Insipidity, 24(1).
If you’re citing just a section of the journal, change the description of the title and add page numbers:
Florist, F., Grist, M. J., & Groanwold, A. B. (Eds.). (2007). Animation and imagination: The dynamics of visualization in early childhood education [Special section]. Studies in Indoctrination, 88, 59-102.
For more information about citing periodicals, please see pp. 316-21 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).