APA title page (cover page)

The title page (cover page) is the first page of your paper, essay or dissertation. The sixth edition APA Style Publication Manual states that an APA title page or APA cover page should contain at least:

  • A running head, including page number
  • The title of the paper
  • The names of the author(s)
  • The university name

Your supervisor or department may have additional requirements.

APA title page example

APA title page example

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General formatting guidelines

The APA cover page adheres to the general APA formatting guidelines. This means:

  • 12 pt Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins

The formatting requirements for the  elements on the APA title page itself are listed below.

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Running head

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

  • Left aligned
  • Capitalized
  • Maximum 50 characters (not including the words “running head:”)

Read more on how to insert and format a running head.

Paper title

Use a title that summarizes the main idea of your paper and is informative and striking. The title should make the reader eager for more.

  • Apply title case (first letter of each word is capitalized, except for small words such as articles and short prepositions)
  • Keep it shorten than 12 words
  • Don’t use abbreviations and contractions
  • Center the title both vertically and horizontally on the page (in the middle)

Author name(s)

The names of the authors are written in full (first name, initial of middle name(s), last name). Include the names of all authors in the order of them by relative contribution. Omit all titles (Dr., Prof.) and degrees (PhD, MSc).

APA title page multiple authors

There are specific guidelines for multiple authors. The formatting guidelines depend on whether the authors have the same affiliation.

APA title page multiple authors
Multiple author variations Example
Two authors, one affiliation John T. Taylor and George Kotler
University of California, Berkeley
Three authors, one affiliation John T. Taylor, George Kotler and Dennis G. Parker
University of California, Berkeley
Two authors, two affiliations John T. Taylor
University of California, Berkeley
Laura Johnson
Harvard University
Three authors, two affiliations John T. Taylor and George Kotler
University of California, Berkeley
Laura Johnson
Harvard University

Institutional affiliation

List the university or institution where the research was conducted.

Additional information

Additional information, such as the name or number of the course, should be added on a separate line below the university name.

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