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APA Guide (Based on the 6th Edition): Formatting: Title Page

Formatting the First Page

Title Page

The title page includes Running Head, Page Number, Title of the Paper, the Author's Name (aka: you!), and the Institutional Affiliation.



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.


 NOTE: The full title is also at the beginning of the manuscript pages (identical in format to the one on the title page).

See page 23-24 of the manual for more information.


Author Name(s) & Institution

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.

See pages 23-24 & 28 of the manual for more information.



See the example title page below:







Graduate Students:

Do not deviate from APA style and follow title page rules as described according to the 6th edition.


Undergraduate Students:

Please format your paper according to the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation student handbook:​


Check with your instructor for any deviations from this or from the full APA style.


Content on this guide comes from the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • Content that is to be typed in your paper is highlighted on the guide to differentiate it from other text. Do not highlight text in your paper.
  • All instructions are provided through the use of Microsoft Word 2010. Please note, steps may vary depending on the word processor you are using.


American Psychological Association. (2009). The publication process. In Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (pp. 225-243). Washington, DC:  Author.