How to Cite a Conference Paper in Apa Format: Secrets Revealed

Accurately citing your sources can be challenging, even though it is essential to any academic work. In this article, we will provide a clear and concise guide on how to cite a conference paper in APA. From understanding the basic formatting rules to navigating the nuances of in-text citations, we've got you covered!

Citing a conference paper published in a journal 

You should follow the guidelines for citing a journal article and include additional information about the conference. Here are the basic rules for the APA conference paper citation in the 7th edition.

Author(s). List the author(s) of the paper as they appear in the original publication. If the article enlists over 20 authors, list the first 19 followed by an ellipsis (...) and then the last author.

Date. Provide the year in parentheses.

Title of the paper. Capitalize only the first word of the title and proper nouns. Enclose the title in quotation marks.

Title of journal. Capitalize all major words in the title of the journal. Italicize the title of the journal.

Volume and issue number. Provide the volume number in italics, but do not include the issue number.

Page range. Provide the page range of the article.

Don’t forget to add DOI if available.

Here is an example:

Jones, S., Martinez, L., & Wang, Y. (2020). The impact of social media on body image satisfaction in college women. Paper presented at the 2020 Conference on Communication and Society, San Francisco, CA, June 15-18, 2020. Journal of Media Psychology, 35(2), 70-85.

In-text citation:

(Jones et al., 2020)

Citing a conference paper in a book 

Citing a conference paper in APA published in a journal or a book follows similar guidelines, but there are some differences to remember. When citing a conference paper published in a book follow this follow the same format as for chapter of the book: 

  • The author(s), year of publication, and paper title.
  • The editors and title of the book in italics.
  • The publisher's name.
  • The DOI or URL of the book (if applicable).

Johnson, A. R., Smith, B. L., & Thompson, C. M. (2022). The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Consumer Behavior. In L. J. Anderson, K. M. Brown, & R. T. Davis (Eds.), Advances in Marketing Research: Emerging Trends and Insights (pp. 87-105). XYZ Publications.


Is there a need to cite conference papers? 

Yes, you should cite conference papers in your academic work: conference papers can provide valuable information and research data that may not be published elsewhere.

What if I need to add numerous authors to the APA reference list? 

It depends on the number of authors the source has. For sources with up to twenty authors, all authors should be listed, and for sources with more than twenty authors, list the first nineteen authors, followed by an ellipsis and then the last author.

What are the rules for formatting a DOI in APA style?

Begin with "" followed by the unique DOI number, without a period at the end in the APA 7th edition. Add DOI at the end of your reference entry.

When is DOI more accurate than the URL in APA for journals?  

If the DOI is available always use it instead of the URL. Additionally, using a DOI demonstrates that the source has been officially published and has undergone a review process.

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