Magazine articles

Example - magazine article with one author

(Scroll down for associated examples including different numbers of authors, supplements, articles in press etc.)

Some magazines (usually more scientific ones) have volume and/or issue numbers so can be cited like a journal. Examples of these include the New Scientist, and the Monitor on Psychology. You may find volume/issue numbers if you look closely even at non-science magazines.


Example, including punctuation

Author of the article (capitals)

Clay, R. A.

Year of publication


Date of publication (may be day and month, or just month)


Title of the article

Are you burned out? Here are the signs and what to do about them.

Title of the magazine in which the article was published (italics)

Monitor on Psychology

Volume number


Issue number


Page reference of the article



The citation in your text will be

(Clay, 2018)

or, if you have quoted directly,

(Clay, 2018, p.32).

If you have used the author's name in your sentence then only the year of publication, with a page reference if necessary, is placed after it in brackets, eg

Clay (2018) suggests that ...

or, if you have quoted directly,

Clay (2018, p. 32) states that ...

Reference list:

Clay, R. A. (2018, February). Are you burned out? Here are the signs and what to do about them. Monitor on Psychology, 49 (2), 31-34.

Associated examples

Magazine article without volume or issue number

Palmer-Cooper, E. (2018, June). Public involvement in research – just good science. The Psychologist, 46-47.

(Palmer-Cooper, 2018)

Magazine article retrieved online

DeAngelis, T. (2004, June). Consumerism and its discontents. Monitor on Psychology, 35 (6). Retrieved from

(DeAngelis, 2004)

NB Page numbers are not always given in online materials. If you cannot find a page reference leave it out of the citation and reference.

Magazine article, no author given

If there is no author mentioned, use the article’s title in place of the author’s name. Then give the year, magazine name, and issue details as above. For example:

Title of article. (2018). Magazine’s Name, 20 (4), 45-47.