How to cite a magazine article in APA

APA magazine article citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the article: 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, Month of publication: Give the year and month in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the article: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Title of the magazine: Give the full, non-abbreviated title of the periodical in title case. It should also be italicized.
  5. Volume number: The volume number is also italicized.
  6. Issue number: For journals that are paginated by issue give the issue number in brackets.
  7. Page numbers: Give the full page range.

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

Author(s) of the article. (Year, Month of publication). Title of the article. Title of the magazine, Volume number(Issue number), Page numbers.

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for a magazine article citation in action:


An article by three authors from a scientific magazine

Danzer, L., Grünbaum, B. & Shephard, G. C. (1987, April). Equitransitive tilings, or how to discover new mathematics. Math Magazine, 60(2), 67-89.

An article by four authors from a technology magazine

McCarthy, J., Minsky, M. L., Rochester N. & Shannon, C. E. (2006). A proposal for the Dartmouth summer research project on artificial intelligence. AI Magazine, 27(4), 12-14.

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