APA Cover Page (Title Page)

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), there is no such thing as a "cover page" under that writing style standard. In fact, APA refers to such a page as a "title page".

The APA manual states that all manuscripts (i.e. papers) published under that standard require a properly formatted title page composed of three elements: running head for publication, title, and byline of institutional affiliation.

Running Head
The abbreviated title of the paper will be used as the running head throughout the paper.

The running head should be typed flush left at the top of the title page(but below the manuscript page header) in all uppercase letters; not to exceed 50 characters including punctuation.

The title should be typed in uppercase and lowercase letters, centered between the left and right margins and positioned in the upper half of the page. If the title is two or more lines, double-space between the lines.

Byline and Institutional Affiliation
Names of the authors should be typed in the order of their contributions using uppercase and lowercase letters, centered between the side margins, one double-spaced line below the title. Type the institutional affiliation, centered under author's name, on the next double-spaced line.

Below are links to some typical APA style title (cover) page examples.
  1. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 1:
    Typical APA Style Term Paper

  2. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 2:
    One Author, One Affiliation

  3. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 3:
    Two or More Authors, Same Affiliation

  4. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 4:
    Two Authors, Different Affiliations

  5. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 5:
    Three Authors, Two Affiliations

  6. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 6:
    Three Authors, Two Affiliations; First and Third Authors

  7. APA Title (Cover) Page Example 7:
    Three Authors, Three Affiliations

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