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APA Style 7th edition: Citing Articles in Periodicals

This guide covers stylistics of writing, formatting, and citing in APA Style 7th edition


Periodicals are typically published on a continuous basis.

Periodicals include:

  • Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Blogs
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Other online platforms



In APA style, authors are listed by last name with initials for first and middle names. The year of publication appears between parentheses, followed by a period. The article title appears in sentence-case, which means the first word and proper nouns are the only capitalization. The title of the periodical is run in title case and followed by volume number, which is also italicized. If a DOI is assigned to the article, include it after the page numbers for the article. If the article doesn’t include a DOI and you’re accessing the periodical online, use the URL.

Author, B. A., Author, C. F., & Author, E. A. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Newspaper Article

Samuels, A. (2003, January 18). Efforts to improve the effects of climate change. Environmental News Today, 2A, 3A.

Article in Print Journal

Almann, S. (2000). The problem with education. Education Today, 10(2), 8-19.

*NOTE-In APA Style 7, writers should include a DOI (if available), even when using a print source. The print example above assumes there isn’t a DOI available.

Magazine Article

Arnold, J. (2021, June). We did it. Today, 122(16), 32-33.


Roenninger, M. A. (1999). Discussing the turn of the century [Review of the book The future: Where we are moving, by S. T. Furners & J. Hess]. Time, 42(2), 21-25.

Article in Electronic Journal

When citing an article in an electronic journal, include a DOI if there is one.

Schill, S., & Jones, J. (1978). Mastering grammar in a world of slang: Learning to adapt. World of Words, 2(1), 12-14.

Use a URL if there’s not a DOI available. Some academic journals provide URLs that are similar to DOIs, which are preferable to standard URLs copied and pasted from the browser’s bar.

Nanster, A., Junes, J. J., & Snoop, D. (2019). How did we get here and why we went: A new way to answer. Snoopy Journal, 22(3), 23-42.