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APA 7th Referencing

American Psychological Association, 7th edition

Journals, newspapers and magazines overview

In this section:


Items published on a regular basis, such as journals, magazines and newspapers, are known as serials or periodicals. Include the same elements as for a book, but exclude the publication information and add the volume, issue and page number(s) instead.

Each reference may include the following elements:

  • Author
  • Date
  • Title of article
  • Title of periodical
  • Volume
  • Issue number
  • Page number(s)
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier), or website address (electronic journals, magazines and newspapers only)

What is a DOI?

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify a certain source (typically online journal articles). When used in a reference, DOI is written with a URL prefix (with the secure https).  


Please note:

When exporting citations from a database, check if the Holmesglen proxy is in the DOI URL. If so, it needs to be removed. E.g. This must be changed to:

Example title page of a journal article

Here is an example showing where to find and spot citation information on a journal article’s title page within a database. To cite and reference this information correctly, please see the page for electronic journals

annotated example of referencing information found on a journal article title page

Common abbreviations

& and
(n.d.). no date
Vol. volume
Iss. issue
No. number
p./pp. page/pages
doi digital object identifier