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An example of an APA style title page

An example of an APA style title page

By Saul McLeod, updated 2019


In APA Style, the cover page, or title page, should include the running head, page number, title of the paper, the author's name, and the institutional affiliation.

Some publications also ask for an author’s note, but this is usually considered optional for student class papers.

Here is an example of a title page in APA style:

An example of an APA format reference page

Formatting an APA title page

Note: All text on the title page should be double-spaced and typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

All words should be centered, and capitalize the first letter of important words.

Running Head

Your title page should contain a running head that is flush left at the top of the page and a page number that is flush right at the top of the page.

Place the running head in the page’s header:

  • use label “Running head;” then, provide the abbreviated title (IN UPPERCASE LETTERS), aligned left
  • place the page number in this same header, but align right, beginning with page number 1
  • this header should be 1 inch from the top. Some instructors allow for 1/2 inch, too, but the default is 1 inch.
Paper Title

Position the title of the paper in the upper half of the page. Do not bold, underline, or italicize the title.

The APA recommend that your title should be a maximum of 12 words and should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose.

Author Name(s)
Position author name below paper title, centered, double-spaced. Do not use titles (Dr.) or degrees (Ph.D.).

If a paper has two or more authors, place the word “and,” without quotes, between the names. If there are three or more authors, separate the authors' names with commas and use "and" before the last author's name.

Institutional Affiliation
Position the school or university’s name below the author name, centered
Format Type Format Information
Running head: Mark
Paper title:

The title should be provided in title case at the center of the page vertically and horizontally. Per APA style, you should not use abbreviations/contractions in your title, and it should not be more than 12 words in length. Also you should avoid using words that serve no purpose; therefore, the title should be very concise and should clearly describe what the paper is about.

The title of the paper should capture the main idea of the essay, but should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose. For example, instead of using the title “A Look at Amphibians From the Past,” title the paper “Amphibians From the Past.” Delete the unnecessary fluff! The title should be centered on the page and typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font. Do not underline, bold, or italicize the title. Your title may take up one or two lines, but should not be more than 12 words in length. All text on the title page should be double-spaced. The APA format examples paper below displays proper spacing, so go take a look!

Author name(s): Beneath the title, type the author's or authors' full name(s). Do not use titles (Dr.) or degrees (Ph.D.). If there are two authors, separate the authors' names with and. If there are three or more authors, separate the authors' names with commas and use and before the last author's name. Below the author name(s), add the institutional affiliation. Spell out the name of the institution fully.
Institutional affiliation: The institutional affiliation is the school the author attends or the location where the author conducted the research.
Author's note: Larry

How to reference this article:

McLeod, S. A. (2019, Setp 29). An example of an APA format reference page. Simply Psychology. https://www.simplypsychology.org/apa-reference-page.html


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