APA title page (cover page)

The required elements of an APA title page (or cover page) are:

  • A running head, including page number
  • Paper title
  • Author name(s)
  • Institutional affiliation

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

APA title page example

APA title page

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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 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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