Papers written in American Psychological Association style require a title page that includes basic information about the paper and author. In addition, APA sets out specific formatting requirements for your title and header. The title page of your APA paper will use the same basic rules for formatting, font and spacing as the rest of your paper.
General Paper Formatting
All text in your paper should be written in the same font and size; 12-point Times New Roman is the font recommended by the APA guide. Your title page should be double-spaced, and the top, bottom and side margins of your pages should each be set to one inch.
Paper Title, Byline, Institution
The main information of your paper will take two to four lines and should be centered in the top half of your title page. First, write the title of your paper. APA recommends that you limit your title to under 12 words; you can split the title into two lines, separated by a colon. After the title, the next line should contain your name. Do not include titles such as Mr., Dr., or Ph.D. as part of your byline. Finally, include a line for your educational institution. If you're a student, this is the name of your school and if you're a researcher, this is the institution at which you conducted your research. These lines should be double-spaced. For example, a sample title and byline might look as follows:
Thinking Through the Other:
Methods and Practices in Research Psychology
By John Smith
Running Head and Page Number
Your title page's header will include two pieces of information. Page numbers should be placed in the header and justified to the right margin of your page. Your page numbers should appear right justified for the entirety of your paper, so if you set them up on the title page you can use the same formatting throughout. The header of your title page should also include your running head, justified to your page's left margin. On the title page, the running head will consist of the words "Running head:" followed by an abbreviated version of your paper's title. The abbreviated version of the paper title is fully capitalized, and shouldn't be more than 50 characters long. Pages of your paper after the title page will include this abbreviated title, but not "Running head:". For instance, the running head on the first page of your sample paper might be "Running head: THINKING THROUGH THE OTHER", and just "THINKING THROUGH THE OTHER" on each page past the first.
In certain cases, you may have to include additional information on your title page. If you are a member of a university department, have received grant funding for your research, or want to include contact information for your paper, this is included in an "author note" section on the bottom half of your title page. The first line of your author note should simply state "Author Note" and be centered in relation to the margins. Each piece of information you want to include in your author note should be given a separate line, and tabbed in one inch from the left margin. As with your title and byline and institution information, the author note must be double-spaced. For example, the following information might appear in an author note:
John Smith, Research Psychologist, Princeton University
Address all correspondence to John Smith, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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