How to cite a foreword in APA

APA foreword citation

To cite a foreword in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the foreword: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the foreword: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Editor(s) or Author of the book: Give the name of the author or editor of the book. If it is an editor, write the name (e.g. J. Smith), followed by (Ed.) or (Eds.) respectively. If not available, omit this part.
  5. Title of the book: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalised.
  6. Page number: Give the full page range.
  7. Place of publication: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  8. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher but omit terms, such as Publishers, Co., and Inc. Retain the words Books and Press.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a foreword in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of the foreword. (Year of publication). Title of the foreword. In Editor(s) or Author of the book, Title of the book. (pp. Page number). Place of publication: Publisher.

APA reference list examples

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A foreword by one author from a book by a different author

Zimmer, Kyle. (2009). Foreword. In M. G. Baughan, Who wrote that? Stephen King (pp. 6-10). New York, NY: Chelsea House.

A foreword by one author from a handbook by a different author

Amis, K. (1958). Foreword. In B. Ulanov, A handbook of jazz (pp. i-iv). London: Hutchinson.

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