Institute of Social Work Journals

APA referencing guidelines

Generally, authors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the latest APA referencing guidelines. Some other Important Tips for APA Style Reference are :

  • Your references should begin on a new page. Title the new page "References" and center the title text at the top of the page.
  • All entries should be in alphabetical order.
  • The first line of a reference should be flush with the left margin. Each additional line should be indented (usually accomplished by using the TAB key).
  • While earlier versions of APA format required only one space after each sentence, the new sixth edition of the style manual now recommends two spaces.
  • The reference section should be single – spaced
  • All sources cited should appear both in-text and on the reference page. Any reference that appears in the text of your report or article must be cited on the reference page, and any item appearing on your reference page must be also included somewhere in the body of your text.
  • Titles of books, journals, magazines, and newspapers should appear in italics.
  • The exact format of each individual reference may vary somewhat depending on whether you are referencing an author/s a book or journal article or electronic source.

When submitting a paper, the author should attach a separate covering sheet indicating the number of words and the author's name, title, current physical address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Submission preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to authors.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Open Office, Microsoft Word, or Word Perfect document file format.
  • Where available URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The document has gone through professional language editing.

Contents of the article

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Discussion for findings
  • Conclusion and implication
  • Recommendation Limitations
  • Area for further study
  • References