Summary of APA format for a research report Some of the highlights of APA format are provided here.All parts of the paper should be typed double-spaced. Cite other articles in your paper using the author's last name, followed by the year in which the work was published. Examples:Similar results were reported by Smith (1986). Several other studies have also been conducted (Jones, 1922; Smith, 1986). For papers with two authors, always use both last names when citing: Smith and Jones (1980). For papers with more than two authors, list all authors' names the first time you cite the paper. In subsequent citations refer to the article as Smith et al. (1980).Each page (including the title page) should have a short title and page number in the top right corner. Page 2 should have the word "Abstract" centered at the top of the page, followed by a brief summary of the paper. Page 3 should have the title of the paper centered at the top of the page, followed by the introduction (no heading for the introduction).