Academic journal article from a website: different from print version [from Electronic source using APA 5th ed.]


This format is much like that for a general webpage, except that you need to use the complete publication date shown in the article and you need to give the title of the journal. You can omit the volume and issue number if it is not given. Whenever possible the URL you give should link directly to the article itself.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year, plus month and day if given). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume number(Issue number)[if available]. Retrieved month day, year, from Internet address


Cacchiani, S. (2006). Dis/similarities between patient information leaflets in Britain and Italy: Implications for the translator. New Voices in Translation Studies 2. Retrieved from

Korda, L. (2001, July). The making of a translator. Translation Journal, 5(3). Retrieved from

Searle, S., & Thompson, D. (2003, April). Preservation metadata. D-Lib Magazine, 9(4). Retrieved from

Citation in Text

Cultural background and assumptions about their readers play a part (Cacchiani, 2006, p. 28) ...

Korda (2001, para. 2) states that ...

The complexity of digital objects is a concern (Searle & Thompson, 2003, para. 2) ...


  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year.
  • Page numbers are not usually given, so when citing, omit the page number or use the paragraph number preceded by the abbreviation para.