How to cite a magazine article in Harvard

Harvard magazine article citation

To cite a magazine article in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the article: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J.) of up to three authors with the last name preceded by 'and'. For four authors or more include the first name followed by et al., unless your institution requires referencing of all named authors.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the article: Give the title of the article in single quotation marks.
  4. Title of the magazine: Give the title in italics and capitalize the first letter of the first word and proper nouns.
  5. Issue information: Give the issue number and, if given, the month or season.
  6. Page numbers: Give the full page range or page number.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a magazine article in Harvard style:

Author(s) of the article. (Year of publication) 'Title of the article', Title of the magazine, (Issue information), pp. Page numbers.

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


An article by three authors from a scientific magazine

Danzer, L., Grünbaum, B. & Shephard, G. C. (1987) 'Equitransitive Tilings, or How to Discover New Mathematics', Math Magazine, (2), pp. 67-89.

An article by four authors from a technology magazine

McCarthy, J. et al. (2006) 'A proposal for the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence', AI Magazine, (4), pp. 12-14.

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