How to cite a journal article in Chicago

Chicago style journal article citation

To cite a journal article in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the article: Give first the last name, then the name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For more than seven authors, list the first seven names followed by et al.
  2. Title of the article: Give the title in quotation marks.
  3. Title of the journal: Give the title as presented in the source.
  4. Volume number: Give the volume number only.
  5. Issue number: Give the issue number preceded by the abbreviation 'no.'
  6. Year of publication: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.
  7. page range: Give the page number or full page range of the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a journal article in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the article. "Title of the article." Title of the journal Volume number, no. Issue number (Year of publication): page range.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Chicago style guidelines in action:


A journal article by two authors

Langner, Michael, and Ruedi Imbach. "The University of Freiburg: A Model for a Bilingual University." Higher Education in Europe 25, no. 4 (2000): 461–468.

A journal article by two authors

Hofman, Courtney A., and Torben C. Rick. “Ancient Biological Invasions and Island Ecosystems: Tracking Translocations of Wild Plants and Animals.” Journal of Archaeological Research 26, no. 1 (2018): 65–115.

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