Guide: How to cite a Journal in APA style

Guide: How to cite a Journal in APA style

Cite A Journal in APA style

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Use the following template to cite a journal using the APA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the APA style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Initial. (Year Published). Title. Publication Title, Volume number(Issue number), Pages Used. doi:DOI Number


Dittus, P., Miller, K., Kotchick, B., & Forehand, R. (2004). Why parents matter!: The conceptual basis for a community-based HIV prevention program for the parents of African American youth. Journal Of Child And Family Studies, 13(1), 5--20.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname, Year Published)


This is part of a Parents Matter series by the Parents Matter Project.  It emphasizes the positive outcomes related to strong, healthy relationships between teens and parents and the effect this has on sexual decisions teens make.  It says that if teens can have healthy discussions with their parents it makes them more likely to overcome peer pressure and have dialogue before beginning a sexual relationship with their partner. (Dittus, Miller, Kotchick & Forehand, 2004)

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