APA 6th Referencing Guide — Journal Articles with Three to Seven Authors

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APA Referencing Guide — Journal articles with three to seven authors


  • If a work has 3-5 authors, include all the names of the author(s)/ editor(s) the first time it is cited. For subsequent citations, only include the first author/ editor followed by et al. and the year.
  • If a work has 6-7 authors, only list the first author/ editor followed by et al. and the year, every time it is cited.
Format and order
  • Authors (family name comma, followed by initials, with full stop and space after each initial)
  • (Year of publication). (in round brackets, followed by full stop)
  • Title of article. (first letter capitalised, followed by full stop)
  • Title of Journal, (in italics, all words in title capitalised other than words such as of, in etc., followed by comma)
  • Volume number (in italics, this may be a month, season or number)
  • (Issue) (in round brackets)
  • Page numbers. (without page abbreviations, followed by full stop)
  • doi: (if there is a DOI)
  • Retrieved from URL (only include if there is no DOI)
In-text citation

Sahar, Brenninkmeyer, and O'Connnell (1997) identify that…

"Mobile phone addiction has become a worldwide problem due to its high occurrence rate, fast growth rate, and serious undesirable consequences" (Liu et al., 2018, p. 247).

Reference list

Sahar, A. D., Brenninkmeyer, S. M., & O'Connell, D. C. (1997). Maya Angelou's inaugural poem. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 26(4), 449-463. Retrieved from https://link-springer-com

Liu, Q.-Q., Zhang, D.-J., Yang, X.-J., Zhang, C.-Y., Fan, C.-Y., & Zhou, Z.-K. (2018). Perceived stress and mobile phone addiction in Chinese adolescents: A moderated mediation model. Computers in Human Behavior, 87, 247. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2018.06.006

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