Journal: whole or special issue [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]


To cite an entire issue or special section of a journal, give the editors of the issue and the title of the issue. You are only likely to do this if it is a special issue covering a single theme. As usual, if there are no editors, put the issue title in the author position. If it is a special issue, put down the issue number, but if it is only a special section, quote the page range (as you would for a single article).

Ordinary issues of a journal will not usually have a title, and so you should cite the individual articles you have used.

If you are only referring to selected articles within a special issue, you should follow the style for a journal article.

Standard Form

Surname, Initials. (Ed.). (Year). Title of the issue [Special issue]. Journal Title, volume number (issue number).


Davies, D. (Ed.). (2002). Special issue on English in South America: A different kind of difference [Special issue]. World Englishes, 22(2).

Morrow, V. & Connolly. P. (Eds.) (2006). Gender and ethnicity in children's everyday lives [Special issue]. Children and Society, 20(2).

Citation in Text

... English was important as a universal common language (Davies, 2002, p. 131) as the dollar was as a common currency, so that ...

... the need to develop a less harmful model of masculinity ( Morrow and Connolly, 2006, p.141) may lead to sweeping generalizations ...


  • You may wish to use the text of your work to indicate the individual authors of articles so that they are fully credited. Thus, in the first example above, the text might read:

Mercedes Niño–Murcia, in a recent article (Davies, 2002, p. 131) compares English as a common language to the dollar as a common currency ...

  • Or if you are only citing a few of the articles from the special issue, it might provide clearer attribution if you reference each of them separately.