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.

Citations are organized alphabetically in the reference list by the author’s last name (use the title if there is no author).

One author

Last Name, Initials.


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

Two to seven authors

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


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

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


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

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.


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

Unknown author

Begin your entry with the title of the work.


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

Two or more works by same author

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.


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.


Other Resources

For more examples visit the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.

Guide to formatting in APA style using Word (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).