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APA - 6th edition: Authors & Titles

Author & Editor Information

There are certain things to keep in mind when writing an author's name according to APA style.

  • You must include all the authors up to 7. If there are more than eight authors you list the first 6, then put three ellipses and then add the last author. 
  • Use initials for the first and middle names of authors.
  • All names are inverted (last name, first initial).
  • Do not hyphenate a name unless it is hyphenated on the item!
  • Separate the authors' names with a comma and use the & symbol before the last author listed.
  • Spell out the name of any organization that is listed as an author.
  • If there is no author listed, the item title moves in front of the publication date and is used.

An item that you use may have an editor instead of an author.

  • Follow the same rules above and put the abbreviation (Ed.) or (Eds.) behind the name. 


Earp, V. J. (one author)

Earp, V. J., & Earp, P. W. (two authors)

Loos, M., Staal, J., Schoffelmeer, A. N. M., Smit, A. B., Spijker, S., & Pattij, T. (6 authors)

Hosni, K., Zahed, N., Chrif, R., Abid, I., Medfei, W., Kallel, M.,...Sebei, H. (more than 7 authors)

United State Department of Education (organization as author)

Barr, M. J. (Ed.). (1 editor)

Powell, R. R., & Westbrook, L. (Eds.). (2 editors)


There are certain things to keep in mind when writing a title according to APA style.

  • Book and journal titles are italicized.
  • Book chapter titles and article titles are written plainly. They are NOT italicized, underlined, or placed in quotation marks.
  • For both book titles, book chapter titles, and article titles only the first word of the title, a sub-title, or a proper noun are capitalized.
  • For journal titles, the entire title (except for a, an, and, ect.) are capitalized.


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (book title, American Psychological Association is proper noun so it is capitalized)

Toward assessment of teachers' receptivity to change in Singapore: A case study (chapter title, Singapore is a proper noun and A is the first word of the sub-title so they are capitalized)

It's not just notation: Valuing children's notations (article title, Valuing is the first word of a sub-title so it is capitalized)

Teaching Children Mathematics (journal title)

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (journal title, notice the common words are not capitalized)