How to cite a magazine article in APA Style

To cite a print magazine article in APA Style, list the author’s name, the publication date, the article title, the magazine name, the volume and issue numbers if available, and the page range of the article.

Format Last name, Initials. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Magazine Name, Volume(Issue), page range.
Reference entry Mogelson, L. (2021, January 25). The storm. The New Yorker, 5–12.
In-text citation (Mogelson, 2021)

The same format is used for a magazine found in a database, since APA recommends against including database information in your reference entries.

Citing online magazine articles

To cite an online magazine article, follow the print format but add the URL at the end. Volume and issue numbers, as well as the page range, may be omitted if they’re not stated anywhere.

Format Last name, Initials. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Magazine Name, Volume(Issue), page range. URL
Reference entry Tokarczuk, O. (2021, January 25). Eccentricity as feminism. The Paris Review. https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2021/01/25/eccentricity-as-feminism
In-text citation (Tokarczuk, 2021)

More academic magazines may list a DOI, much like a journal article. Always use a DOI if one is available; otherwise, try to find a stable URL on the page (e.g. under a “Share” button).

Format Last name, Initials. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Magazine Name, Volume(Issue), page range. DOI
Reference entry Piller, C. (2021, January 22). Disgraced COVID-19 studies are still routinely cited. Science, 371(6527), 331–332. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.371.6527.331
In-text citation (Piller, 2021)

Frequently asked questions about APA Style citations

How do I format a DOI in APA Style?

Include the DOI at the very end of the APA reference entry. If you’re using the 6th edition APA guidelines, the DOI is preceded by the label “doi:”. In the 7th edition, the DOI is preceded by ‘https://doi.org/’.

  • 6th edition: doi:10.1177/0894439316660340
  • 7th edition: https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439316660340

APA citation example (7th edition)

Hawi, N. S., & Samaha, M. (2016). The relations among social media addiction, self-esteem, and life satisfaction in university students. Social Science Computer Review, 35(5), 576–586. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439316660340

How do I cite a source with no author in APA Style?

When no individual author name is listed, but the source can clearly be attributed to a specific organization—e.g. a press release by a charity, a report by an agency, or a page from a company’s website—use the organization’s name as the author in the reference entry and in-text citations.

When no author at all can be determined—e.g. a collaboratively edited wiki or an online article published anonymously—use the title in place of the author. In the in-text citation, put the title in quotation marks if it appears in plain text in the reference list, and in italics if it appears in italics in the reference list. Shorten it if necessary.

How do I cite a source with no page numbers in APA Style?

When you quote or paraphrase a specific passage from a source, you need to indicate the location of the passage in your in-text citation. If there are no page numbers (e.g. when citing a website) but the text is long, you can instead use section headings, paragraph numbers, or a combination of the two:

(Caulfield, 2019, Linking section, para. 1).

Section headings can be shortened if necessary. Kindle location numbers should not be used in ebook citations, as they are unreliable.

If you are referring to the source as a whole, it’s not necessary to include a page number or other marker.

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Jack is a Brit based in Amsterdam, with an MA in comparative literature. He writes and edits for Scribbr, and reads a lot of books in his spare time.

2 comments

Nikhil Jaisinghani
February 6, 2021 at 6:37 AM

Hi Jack, thanks for helping to explain APA citations. I have a question regarding not magazines but reports. I have to cite a section of multi-section report which has different authors from the main editors of the collection. How exactly would I go about doing that? The only thing I've found in the APA guidelines are citing book chapters with different authors, not reports.

For reference, this is the report: 16th International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research 2020 (Alison Koslowski, Sonja Blum, Ivana Dobrotić, Gayle Kaufman and Peter Moss (Ed.))

The chapter is the chapter "United States" (Kaufman, Gatenio Gabel, Engemann, & Petts)

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Jack Caulfield
Jack Caulfield (Scribbr Team)
February 9, 2021 at 4:19 PM

Hi Nikhil,

To cite a chapter from a report like that, you'd follow a similar format to citing a chapter from a book. First list the authors and title of the chapter, then the editors and title of the whole report. The citation for the example you give would look like this:

Kaufman, G., Gatenio Gabel, S., Engeman, C., Petts, R. J. (2020). United States. In A. Koslowski, S. Blum, I. Dobrotić, G. Kaufman, & P. Moss (Eds.), 16th International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research 2020 (pp. 601–613). FernUniversität in Hagen. https://ub-deposit.fernuni-hagen.de/servlets/MCRFileNodeServlet/mir_derivate_00002067/Koslowski_et_al_Leave_Policies_2020.pdf

Note that "Eds." is used for multiple editors. Our article on citing reports in APA Style may also be helpful, though it doesn't specifically cover reports with separately authored chapters.

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