Listing Authors

The examples found in the APA section are based on the style guide Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2010 and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th ed., 2012.

Click on the section of your choice to learn how to format an author’s name in the APA style.

One author
Two authors
Three to seven authors
Eight or more authors
Organization as author
No author
Two or more works by the same author

One author

Format

Last Name, Initials.

Example:

Stanton Chapple, H. (2010). No place for dying: Hospitals and the ideology of rescue. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Two authors

Format

  • Use the format Last Name, Initials. Separate the names by a comma.
  • Use an ampersand (&) before the last author’s name.

Example

Calloway, G. C., & Lee, S. M. (2017). Using research to assess children and ‘hear’ their voices in court proceedings. American Journal of Family Law, 31(3), 140-157.

Three to seven authors

Format

  • Include all authors using the format Last Name, Initials.
  • Separate the names by a comma.
  • Use an ampersand (&) before the last author’s name.

Examples:

Chasek, P. S., Downie, D. L., & Brown, J. W. (2010). Global environmental politics (5th ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Maggio, J. C., White, W. G., Molstad, S., & Kher, N. (2005). Prefreshman summer programs’ impact on student achievement and retention. Journal of Developmental Education, 29(2), 2-33.

Eight or more authors

Format

  • Include the names of the first six authors using the format Last Name, Initials.
  • Use commas to separate the authors’ names.
  • Insert an ellipsis (three dots: “. . .”) and add the last author’s name.

Example:

Semrau, M., Ommeren, M. V., Blagescu, M., Griekspoor, A., Howard, L. M., Jordans, M., . . . Thornicroft, G. (2012). The development and psychometric properties of the Humanitarian Emergency Settings Perceived Needs (HESPER) Scale. American Journal of Public Health102(10), e55-e63. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300720

Organization as author

Format

  • Give the full name of the organization or group.
  • If the organization is also the publisher, use “Author” to indicate the name of the publisher as shown in the example.

Example:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

No author

Format

  • Begin your entry with the title of the work.

Example:

Suicide. (2010). In The new encyclopaedia Britannica: Micropedia (15th ed., vol. 11, p. 359). Chicago, IL: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Two or more works by the same author

Format

  • If your reference list includes two or more works by the same author, include the author’s name in each of the entries.
  • The entries are then arranged by year of publication.

Example:

Kitcher, P. (1993). The advancement of science: Science without legend, objectivity without illusions. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Kitcher, P. (2007). Living with Darwin: Evolution, design and the future of faith. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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