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APA title page (cover page) format, examples, and templates

By Saul McLeod, updated April 06, 2020


In APA Style (7th edition), the cover page, or title page, should include:

    A running head (professional papers only) and page number

    The title of the paper

    The name of the author(s)

    The institutional affiliation

    An author note; optional (professional papers only)

    A student paper should also include course information

Note: APA 7 provides slightly different directions for formatting the title pages of professional papers (e.g., those intended for scholarly publication) and student papers (e.g., those turned in for credit in a high school or college course).

Professional paper APA title page

An example of an APA format reference page

Student paper APA title page

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 either 12-point, Times New Roman font.

In the 7th edition, APA increaded the flexibility regarding font options: which now include Calibri 11, Arial 11, Lucida Sans Unicode 10, Times New Roman 12, or Georgia 11.

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

Running Head

In the 7th edition of the APA style manual, running heads are only required for professional papers that are being submitted for publication (student papers do not require a running head, but still need a page number).

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:

  • The running head is the the abbreviated title of the paper (IN UPPERCASE LETTERS) aligned left on the page header of all pages, including the title page. APA (7th edition) guidelines require that running heads be a maximum of 50 characters (spaces count as characters).
  • The “Running head:” label used in the APA sixth edition is no longer used.
  • Place the page number in this same header, but align right, beginning with page number 1 on the title page.
  • 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. The title should be centered and written in boldface, and important words should be capitalized

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(s) name, centered.

A student paper should also include the course number and name, instructor name, and assignment due date.


How to reference this article:

McLeod, S. A. (2020, April 06). APA title page (cover page) format, examples, and templates. Simply psychology: https://www.simplypsychology.org/apa-title-page.html


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