Answered By: Kevin Arms
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2015     Views: 24

The Digital Object Identifier is a number assigned to many journal articles. It can usually be located on the screen that includes the publication information. Include the DOI in your citation information when using APA style. If you can't find a DOI, APA rules state that you must cite the home page of the journal or magazine you are using. Your citation should look like this:

Citation with DOI

Mulvaney, S. A., Rothman, R. L., Dietrich, M. S., Wallston, K. A., Grove, E., Elasy, T. A., & Johnson, K. B. (2012). Using mobile phones to measure adolescent diabetes adherence. Health Psychology, 31(1), 43-50. doi:10.1037/a0025543

Citation without DOI

Fardet, L., Petersen, I., & Nazareth, I. (2012). Suicidal behavior and severe neuropsychiatric disorders following glucocorticoid therapy in primary care. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(5), 491-497. Retrieved from


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