APA Referencing: Conference proceedings

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Basic format to reference conference proceedings

The basics of a reference list entry for a paper in a published conference proceedings:

  • Author or authors of paper. Surname followed by first initials.
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Title of paper.
  • Editors of conference proceedings.
  • Title of conference proceedings (in italics).
  • Pages of paper (in round brackets).
  • Location of publisher.
  • Publisher.
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.


Hughes, H. (2002). Information literacy with an international focus. In K. Appleton, C. Macpherson, & D. Orr (Eds.), International Lifelong Learning Conference: Refereed papers from the 2nd International Lifelong Learning Conference (pp. 208-213). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.


Please note:

  • Proceedings of conferences, meetings and symposia can be published in book or periodical form.
  • To cite published proceedings from a book, use the same format as for a book or book chapter.
  • To cite proceedings that are published regularly, use the same format as for a journal article. 

Referencing conference proceedings: Examples

Material Type In-Text Example Reference List Example
Conference Proceeding Paper: Online                     (Kift & Nelson, 2005)
As Kift and Nelson (2005) claim ...

Kift, S., & Nelson, K. (2005). Beyond curriculum reform: Embedding the transition experience. In A. Brew & C. Asmar (Eds.), HERDSA 2005 Conference: Higher Education in a Changing World: Research and Development in Higher Education (pp. 225-235). Sydney, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Retrieved from http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2005/pdf/refereed/paper_294.pdf

Capitalise the names of conferences, symposia and meetings.

Conference Proceeding Paper: Print (Prayag & Ramjee, 2009)

Prayag, I. L., & Ramjee, R. (2009). The impact of Newcastle disease control on smallholder poultry production in Mauritius. In R. G. Alsers, P. B. Spadbrow, & M. P. Young (Eds.), Village chickens, poverty alleviation and the sustainable control of Newcastle disease: Proceedings of an international conference held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 5-7 October 2005 (pp. 132-134). Canberra, ACT: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

If there are more than two editors a comma is placed before the ampersand.