How to cite a conference paper in APA Style (6th edition)

This article reflects the APA 6th edition guidelines. Click here for APA 7th edition guidelines.

Proceedings are contributions to scientific conferences, congresses, symposiums or meetings. They often are published bundled and are formally published in a book or in periodicals. This represents a report about what has been discussed during a particular conference. The APA Style has specific rules for the notation of proceedings or conference papers.

 Chapter of proceedings in a book
APA-format AuthorLastname, Initials. (Year). TitleConferencePaper. In Editor1Initial. Editor1LastName & Editor2Initial. Editor2Lastname. (Ed.), TitleProceedings (pp. FirstpageLastpage). City, State/Country: NamePublisher. (instead of the publisher you can also use the URL or DOI)
In reference list Katz, I., Gabayan, K. & Aghajan, H. (2007). A multi-touch surface using multiple cameras. In J. Blanc-Talon, W. Philips, D. Popescu & P. Scheunders (Red.), Lecture notes in Computer Science: Vol 4678. Advanced concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (pp. 97-108). Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-74607-2_9
In the text
  • Research suggests that … (Katz, Gabayan & Aghajan, 2007).
  • Katz, Gabayan and Aghajan (2007) found that … .
Open example in the APA Citation Generator
  Paper from online proceeding
APA-format AuthorLastName, Initials. (Year). TitleConferencePaper. TitleProceedings, volume, Firstpage-LastPage. https://doi.org/DoiNumber (instead of using the DOI, you can also use the URl: “Retrieved from http://Website”)
In reference list Tattersall, I. (2009). Human origins: Out of Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106, 16018-16021. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0903207106
In the text
  • The paper from the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America suggests that … (Tattersall, 2009).
  • In his research Tattersall (2009) found that … .
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