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How should I present the author(s)'s and/or editor(s)'s names in my reference in APA style?

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  • "Invert all authors' names; give surnames and initials for up to and including seven authors (e.g., Author, A. A, Author, B. B., & Author, C. C.). When authors number eight or more, include the first six authors' names, then insert three ellipsis points, and add the last author's name" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 184).
  • "Spell out the full name of a group author. . . . In a reference to a work with a group author. . ., a period follows the author element" (p. 184). 

See page 184 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010) for more information and examples. Please also see "How should I reference an author with "Jr." or "III" in his name?", "How should I reference a work with an author listed as "with" in APA Style?", and "How do I cite a resource by "Anonymous" or without a stated author in APA style?".


  • When referencing a chapter in an edited book, the editors' names appear after the title of the book; see "How do I reference a chapter of an edited book/ebook in APA Style?" for an example.
  • In a reference to a book authored by an editor, "place the editors' names in the author position, and enclose the abbreviation Ed. or Eds. in parentheses after the last editor's name. The period follows the parenthetical abbreviation (Eds.)." ((American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 184).
  • "Provide initials and surnames for all editors (for substantial reference works with a large editorial board, naming the lead editor followed by et al. is acceptable) (p. 184).

For more information, please see page 184 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010).


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

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