APA title page formatting

Based on your university or course requirements, there may be differences in what must be included on the title page (also known as cover page). However, the APA style has specific formatting guidelines for your title page. Each title page must contain at least:

APA formatting information

The title page follows the same general formatting guidelines as the rest of your paper. The recommended font type is 12 pt Times New Roman, line spacing should be set to double and the margins of the document should be set to one inch (2.54 cm).

The table below provides specific guidelines for all the elements required on the title page.

ElementAPA formatting
Running headWrite “Running head:” followed by a (shortened) version of your paper’s title. It must be:

  • Aligned to the left
  • All capitalized
  • Maximum 50 characters (not including the words “running head:”)

Read more about inserting and formatting a running head.

Paper titleUse a clear and concise title that summarizes the main idea of your paper. The title should make the reader eager for more.

  • Use title case (capital letters the principal words)
  • Maximum 12 words
  • No abbreviations and contractions
  • Centered (both vertically and horizontally)
Author name(s)Include your full name and those of other authors (first name, middle initial(s) and last name). Omit all titles (Dr., Prof.) and degrees (PhD, MSc). There are specific guidelines for multiple authors.
Institutional affiliation (university name)Include the full institutional affiliation, such as a university name. This should indicate where the research was conducted.
Other informationIf your professor requires you to include additional information, such as the course title, on the title page, you can simply add these on a separate line below the university name.

APA title page example

Running head:EFFECTS OF SMARTPHONES ON ATTENTION SPAN1

The Effects of Smartphones on the Attention Span

John T. Taylor and George Kotler

University of California, Berkeley

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Title page with multiple authors

If a paper has more than one author, there are specific guidelines for how to show this on the title page. The names of the authors should always appear in order of the level of their contribution.

The formatting guidelines depend on whether the authors have the same affiliation. The table below shows multiple variations, including examples.

Multiple author variationsExample
Two authors, one affiliationJohn T. Taylor and George Kotler
University of California, Berkeley
Three authors, one affiliationJohn T. Taylor, George Kotler and Dennis G. Parker
University of California, Berkeley
Two authors, two affiliationsJohn T. Taylor
University of California, Berkeley
Laura Johnson
Harvard University
Three authors, two affiliationsJohn T. Taylor and George Kotler
University of California, Berkeley
Laura Johnson
Harvard University
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