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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, the text will open below the menu.


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The instructions on this page concern references to all kinds of reports from research institutes, authorities and companies. Some report will have a group author, e.g. organization, company or authority, instead of a personal author. If the publisher is the same as the group author, omit the publisher from the source element. Some reports may be part of a series. If the series has a name, the name of the series and the serial number is added in brackets after the title. If the series does not have a name, write "Report" followed by the serial number. If the report is not part of a series, this element is omitted from the reference.

If a DOI has been assigned to the report, include this number in the reference. If no DOI has been assigned and the report was accessed online from a nondatabase website, use the URL of the webpage from which it was retrieved. If the report was accessed in print or retrieved from an academic database, no URL is included.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including 

Template for how to format references to reports in the reference list

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (YYYY, Month DD). Title of report (Serial name #). Publisher. DOI or URL

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (YYYY, Month DD). Title of report (Report #). Publisher. DOI or URL

Examples of in-text references to reports

Parenthetical citation Narrative citation
(Lundqvist et al., 2008) Lundqvist et al. (2008) found in their report that...
(Naturvårdsverket, 2007) According to the guidelines of Naturvårdsverket (2007)...
(Tyler & Waldheim, 1983) In their report, Tyler and Waldheim (1983) studied...

Examples of references to reports in the reference list

Lundqvist, A.-C., Andersson, S., & Lönn, M. (2008). Genetic variation in wild plants and animals in Sweden: A review of case studies from the perspective of conservation genetics (Report 5786). Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Naturvårdsverket. (2007). Tillsyn med framsyn: Naturvårdsverkets tillsynsvägledning 2007 – 2009 [Far-sighted monitoring: The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines for how to conduct monitoring 2007 – 2009] (Report 5675).

Tyler, C., & Waldheim, S. (1983). Kalkmyrar och fuktängar i 1940-talets Skåne [Fens and fen meadows in S. Sweden as they were in the 1940:s] (Meddelande från Växtekologiska institutionen Lunds universitet No. 51). Lunds Universitet.