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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.

Swedish laws and regulations

Swedish laws and regulations

The APA (7th edition) manual does not contain any specific instructions on how to refer 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 Swedish laws and regulations. 

The official and authentic version of Swedish laws are published in the Swedish Code of Statutes (Svensk författningssamling, SFS), which is available online from the Swedish Government Offices. Laws are regularly updated, and accessing the publications online is a good way to make sure that you cite the latest version. If you accessed the law online, you should 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.

Template
SFS YYYY:NumberTitle. Publisher. URL

Examples:

In-text references  

(Miljöbalk, SFS 1998:808)

(Miljöprövningsförordning, SFS 2013:251)    

(AvfallsförordningSFS 2011:927)

(DjurskyddslagSFS 1988:534)

According to 15 c. 11 § Miljöbalken (SFS 1998:808)...

Miljöprövningsförordningen (SFS 2013:251) regulates...

As stated in 57 § of Avfallsförordningen (SFS 2011:927)... 

In 10 § of Djurskyddslagen (SFS 1988:534) it is stated...

Reference list

SFS 1988:534. Djurskyddslag [Swedish Animal Welfare Act]. Näringsdepartementet. https://www.riksdagen.se/sv/dokument-lagar/dokument/svensk-forfattningssamling/djurskyddslag-1988534_sfs-1988-534

SFS 1998:808. Miljöbalk [Swedish Environmental Code]. Miljödepartementet. https://www.riksdagen.se/sv/dokument-lagar/dokument/svensk-forfattningssamling/miljobalk-1998808_sfs-1998-808

SFS 2011:927. Avfallsförordning [Swedish Waste Ordinance]. Miljödepartementet. https://www.riksdagen.se/sv/dokument-lagar/dokument/svensk-forfattningssamling/avfallsforordning-2011927_sfs-2011-927

SFS 2013:251. Miljöprövningsförordning [Swedish Environmental Assessment Ordinance]. Miljödepartementet. https://www.riksdagen.se/sv/dokument-lagar/dokument/svensk-forfattningssamling/miljoprovningsforordning-2013251_sfs-2013-251