APA title page formatting

The APA Style Publication Manual sixth edition outlines specific APA format requirements. The title page (also known as cover page) of your paper must contain at least:

Your university or course requirements may be slightly different so be sure to check those as well.

APA title page example


The Effects of Smartphones on the Attention Span

John T. Taylor and George Kotler

University of California, Berkeley

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.

What is your plagiarism score?

Compare your paper with over 60 billion web pages and 30 million publications.

  • In partnership with Turnitin
  • Best plagiarism checker of 2019
  • Plagiarism report & percentage
  • Largest plagiarism database

Scribbr Plagiarism Checker

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
Is this article helpful?
Raimo Streefkerk

Raimo has a bachelor's and master's degree and has written several papers and theses. He likes to share his knowledge by writing helpful articles.

Comment or ask a question.