APA title page (cover page)

An APA title page must include:

  • A running head (including page number)
  • The title of your paper (one or two lines long)
  • The full name of the author(s)
  • Your university or institution

Additional information, such as a course number or an author’s note, should be placed on a separate line below the institution.

APA title page template

APA title page example

APA title page

General formatting guidelines

The APA cover page adheres to the general APA formatting guidelines:

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

The formatting requirements for each element on the APA title page 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 an informative, striking title that summarizes the main idea of your paper.

  • Apply title case (capitalize the first letter of each word, except small words such as articles and short prepositions)
  • Keep it shorter than 12 words
  • Don’t use abbreviations or contractions
  • Place the title in the center of the page

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 order of contribution. Don’t include titles (Dr., Prof.) or degrees (PhD, MSc).

APA title page with 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 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

Setting up the title page

This video will demonstrate how to set up the title page in Google Docs.

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12 comments

Jennifer
March 6, 2020 at 7:36 AM

The title of my op-ed article is "There’s no magic bullet for Alzheimer’s, but there are ways to keep your brain healthy". I noticed the author didn't capitalize main words in the title. If I was making a title page with this title would it be capitalized like this "There’s No Magic Bullet for Alzheimer’s, but There Are Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy"?

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Shona McCombes
Shona McCombes (Scribbr-team)
March 9, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, if you were to put this title on an APA cover page, you would capitalize it like that. However, if this is a source that you're including in your APA reference list, only the first letter and proper nouns are capitalized.

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Crystal Luffman
February 27, 2020 at 6:54 PM

When asked for a 5-6 page paper does this include the title page and reference page?

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Shona McCombes
Shona McCombes (Scribbr-team)
February 28, 2020 at 10:46 AM

Hi Crystal,

It's best to check with your teacher or supervisor to find out what is included in the page count. But in general, the title page and reference page would not be considered part of the page count of an assignment.

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Luba King
February 26, 2020 at 9:26 PM

how to place group of five authors on title of paper in apa style?

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Shona McCombes
Shona McCombes (Scribbr-team)
February 28, 2020 at 10:50 AM

Hi Luba,

You can adapt the multiple authors guidelines given above for any number of authors. If all authors have the same affiliation (i.e. you're all at the same university), you simply list all five authors separated by commas. For example: Luba King, Laura Johnson, John T. Taylor, George Kotler and Dennis G. Parker

Hope that helps!

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Chris
February 23, 2020 at 7:52 PM

How many lines are supposed to be skipped between the header and the title of the paper?

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Shona McCombes
Shona McCombes (Scribbr-team)
February 25, 2020 at 10:34 AM

Hi Chris,

The title should be placed 3 or 4 lines from the top of the page.

Hope that helps!

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Julie
January 18, 2020 at 2:48 AM

Does the page number go on a title page?

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Shona McCombes
Shona McCombes (Scribbr-team)
January 20, 2020 at 10:36 AM

Hi Julie,

Yes, in APA style the page number should be included in the running head on your title page.

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Bernard Mwega
January 20, 2020 at 5:15 PM

exactly where should the page number be?
top or bottom?
right, centre or left?

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Shona McCombes
Shona McCombes (Scribbr-team)
January 20, 2020 at 6:14 PM

Hi Bernard,

As shown in the example image above, the page number should be right-aligned in the top header. The title is also included in the header, but left-aligned.

Hope that helps!

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