The running head is one of the smallest parts of a manuscript, yet it seems lớn cause big problems for some. In previous posts, we’ve sầu given an overview of the running head & how to lớn format it, but recently we’ve received some new questions that have sầu folks scratching their heads. What Is the Running Head?The running head is a shortened size of the title of your paper that appears in uppercase letters at the top left of each page of your manuscript. It helps khổng lồ identify the pages of your paper & keep them together (without using your name, in case you’re submitting it for blind review). When your paper is published, this short title will appear at the top of each odd-numbered page. On the title page of your manuscript, the label “Running head:” precedes the running head itself. It’s there khổng lồ let the typesetter know that this shortened title is, in fact, the running head for your article. (This is a holdover from the fifth edition of the APA Publication Manual, which required a “manuscript page header” on every page as well as a running head on the title page.) How Long Should the Running Head Be?The running head should be a brief version of the title of your paper, no more than 50 characters long (including spaces). The label “Running head:” that precedes the running head on the title page is not included in the 50-character count, because it’s not part of the title of your paper. (Unless, of course, the title of your paper is something lượt thích “Running Head: Feature or Bug?”) What Makes For a Good Running Head?It’s usually not a good idea khổng lồ simply copy the first 50 characters of your title. The running head needs to lớn both make sense as a phrase và give sầu some idea of what your paper is about. Pop quiz: If the title of your paper is “A đánh giá và Meta-Analysis of the First Decade of Articles About the Psychology of Llamas,” which would be a more informative sầu running head?(a) A REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS OF THE FIRST DECADE OFor(b) REVIEW OF THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LLAMASWhere Does the Running Head Go?Use the automatic header feature of your word processing program khổng lồ mix the running head at the top left of the page. Don’t worry about the running head’s precise distance from the top of the page or relationship to the margin; the mặc định web3_setting for your software is fine.For more about the running head, see the APA Publication Manual (6th ed., pp. 229–230).Quý Khách vẫn xem: Running head là gì

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May 26, 2011

A Marginal Note

More Tales from the Style Expert Inbox


by Jeff Hume-Pratuch

Dear Style Expert,

I would lượt thích a clarification about the margins for an APA Style paper. The APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) says to lớn “leave sầu uniform margins of at least 1 in. (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, left, và right of every page” (p. 229). I believe the correct thing khổng lồ vì chưng is to space 1 in. at the top margin, then single space down and insert the running head. Some of my students are using a ½ in. margin for the top of the page, then single spacing down to lớn type in the header, followed by a double space where the text of the paper begins. Who is right here? A lot of grades are riding on this.

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—Inquiring Instructor

Dear Inquiring,


Unless you’re teaching at Luddite State (where manual typewriters are a must), no one should be “spacing down” anything. The APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) does direct authors to use a 1-in. margin (p. 229), but it also directs them to lớn “use the automatic functions of your word-processing program khổng lồ generate headers” (p. 230). That means there’s no need to lớn adjust the spacing around the header—it’s automatic!

Just mix your margins at 1 in. (2.54 cm) & use the mặc định web3_setting for headers in your word-processing program. Voila! Your paper is correctly formatted in APA Style.

Dear Style Expert,

Now my whole study group is extremely confused, because your instructions seem khổng lồ contradict the sample papers in the Publication Manual. It looks like there is more margin at the top of sample p. 4 than sample p. 3, và some of the pages are cut off at the bottom. What gives?—Going Cross-Eyed in Cincinnati

Dear Cross-Eyed,

The sample papers are illustrations, not scale models. Just enough of each page is shown lớn illustrate the rules that are called out in the attached boxes. They’re not intended to show every point of APA Style, however, and you certainly can’t deduce margin guidelines from them. Fortunately, those guidelines are clearly stated on pp. 229–230 of the Publication Manual. If there ever appears to be a contradiction between an illustration & the text, follow the text.

Dear Style Expert,

Why, that’s crazy talk! A margin is empty space. If you have a 1-in. margin, then there should be 1 in. of empty space at the top of the page, with no headers in it.

—Marginal Maniac

Dear Marginal,

Think of it this way: The margin is, by definition, the part of a page outside the main body of text. The running head (again, by definition) is not part of the main toàn thân of text. Therefore, it is included in the margin, not below it.

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 by Chelsea Lee

If you've sầu ever been confused by what a running head is or wondered how to format one for an APA Style paper, read on. 

What Is a Running Head?

The length of the running head should be 50 characters or fewer, including spaces & other punctuation marks. If your paper title is already 50 characters or fewer, you can use the paper title as the running head. Otherwise, you can shorten your paper title however you want. Here is an example: 

Paper title:

What Do Undergraduates Learn About Human Intelligence? An Analysis of Introductory Psychology Textbooks


Running head:


Formatting Instructions

The running head appears in the header of every page along with the page number. (The header by nature is situated within the top margin of your paper; all the margins themselves should be set lớn 1 inch.) On the first page of the paper only, the running head is preceded by the words Running head and a colon. On all other pages, just the running head itself and the page number appear, without the label Running head:.

These requirements mean you will probably need to phối your word-processing program to have sầu a different header on the first page. If you use APA Style CENTRAL lớn write your papers, the page header & running head will be formatting automatically for you.

If you use Microsoft Word to lớn write your papers, you will have lớn take a few steps to get a different first page header. The basic premise in Microsoft Word is that you will click into lớn the header of the paper, go khổng lồ the Header và Footer Tools menu, & then cliông xã "Different First Page." 


Once you have mix your paper khổng lồ have a different first page header in Microsoft Word, follow these directions to mix up the header on the first page of the paper: 

Add a page number using the automatic page numbering function.Put the page number in the upper right-hvà corner.In the header, type the label Running head: (not in italic, with only the "R" capitalized), and then type the running head itself in all capital letters, making sure it is no longer than 50 characters (including spaces and other punctuation).Place the cursor between the over of the running head và the page number and hit the tab key to left justify the running head while leaving the page number right justified.If necessary, change the fonts in the header lớn 12-point Times New Roman. 

The first page header will look like this: 



On the second page of the paper, repeat the process of inserting the page number & running head inlớn the page header, except vày not include the label Running head. The header on the second và subsequent pages will look like this:

The page header should now be correctly formatted for APA Style on all pages of your paper. You can also see examples of the running head format in our APA Style sample papers.

Other Directions and Running Head Template

The screenshots in this post are from Word 2016; if you are using another version of Microsoft Word, follow these directions from Microsoft khổng lồ set up the header. If you use other word-processing software, please feel miễn phí to lớn giới thiệu link or instructions in the comments. 

I've sầu also created a running head template for Word you can tải về that has the running head set up for you already.


If you've ever been confused by what a running head is or wondered how to lớn format one for an APA Style paper, read on.

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