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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, please note that the text will open below the menu.

Government agency regulations

Government agency regulations

The APA (7th edition) manual does not contain any specific instructions on how to refer to laws and regulations outside of the United States. The recommendation is instead to format the references according to guidelines in each country. In this section you will find our recommendations on how to refer to government agency regulations (myndigheternas föreskrifter).

The government agency regulations are found in the respective agencies code of statutes (författningssamling). Regulations are regularly updated, and accessing the publications online on the agencies websites is a good way to make sure that you cite the latest version. If you accessed the regulation online, include the URL of the website from which it was retrieved in the reference.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including how to write in-text references and construct a reference list, the number of authors to be included, how to write references to two or more works within the same parenthesis, what to do if you have several references with the same author and publication date, how you cite specific parts of works, how to handle incomplete reference information (e.g. missing author information or no publication date), and when/how to use acronyms.

Code of statutes YYYY:Number. Title. Publisher. URL


In-text references  

(Naturvårdsverkets föreskrifter om kontroll av luftkvalitet, NFS 2019:9)         

(Kungörelse om föreskrifter inom naturreservatet Linneröd i Klippans kommun, 12FS 2019:3)

According to 6 § of Naturvårdsverkets föreskrifter om kontroll av luftkvalitet​ (NFS 2019:9)…

Kungörelse om föreskrifter inom naturreservatet Linneröd i Klippans kommun (12FS 2019:3) regulates...

Reference list

12FS 2019:3. Kungörelse om föreskrifter inom naturreservatet Linneröd i Klippans kommun [Proclamation of regulations within the nature reserve Linneröd in the Municipality of Klippan]. Länsstyrelsen Skåne.

NFS 2019:9. Naturvårdsverkets föreskrifter om kontroll av luftkvalitet [The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines on the monitoring of air quality]. Naturvårdsverket.