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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: Posters & Conference Sessions

Citing Conference sessions, Poster abstracts, and Poster presentations

How to Create an APA 7th edition Reference for Conference sessions, Poster abstracts, & Poster presentations
Author Date Title (SOURCE) Conference Name, City, State, Country (SOURCE) URL
Author, A. A. & Author, B. B.

(2020, December 14-16).

(Full date range of Conference)

Title of work [Conference session, Poster abstract, or Poster presentation]. Conference Name, City, State Abbreviation, Country.



Conference sessions, poster abstracts, and poster presentations follow a significantly different format than other types of APA references.

  • The author of the work is always listed first.
  • Next, the FULL date of the conference is listed in the date area, so if a conference is held over several days, you need to list the date the conference starts, through the date the conference ends.
  • Next add the title of the work and put it in italics, then add (in square brackets), whether it's a [Poster session], a [Poster abstract], or a [Conference session] and then add a period.
  • In the source area share 1) the name of the conference or organization - or both (comma), 2) the name of the city or town the conference was held (comma), 3) the abbreviation of the state or the region (depending on the country) (comma), 4) the country the conference was held.
  • Lastly share the URL of the WORK (not the conference in general) as a live hyperlink. 


Conference Session


Hinck, J., Brewington, J., & Harding, K. (2018, September 12-14). Nurse educators - Making a difference in self and others to strengthen networks and partnerships [Conference session]. National League for Nursing, Chicago, IL, United States. 

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Hinck, et al., 2018). 


Poster Abstract:


Jackson, C., McCalmont, J., Ward, J. Solanki, E., Seguin, R., & Perry, C. K. (2017, October 10). Mujeres fuertes y corazones saludables: Adaptation of the Strong Women - Healthy Hearts (SWHH) program for rural Latinas using an intervention mapping approach [Poster Abstract]. 2017 Oregon Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, United States. 

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Jackson, et al., 2017). 


Poster Presentation:

NOTE: Because the poster presentations of this conference were presented in a journal, there are actually two ways you could cite this particular poster abstract, either way is acceptable in APA. 

Option 1 - Referencing ONLY the poster abstract itself


Leckenby, S., & Acklaghi, H. (2017, November 19-23). Is point-of-care troponin enough in decision making process in emergency departments [Poster Presentation]. ACEM ASM 2017 "Impossible is Just a Perspective" Darling Harbour, Sydney, Austalia.

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Leckenby & Acklaghi, 2017). 

Option 2 - Referencing the poster abstract within the actual journal & supplement that printed the conference abstract


Leckenby, S., & Acklaghi, H. (2018). Is point-of-care troponin enough in decision making process in emergency departments [Poster Presentation]. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 30(S1), 43-44. 

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Leckenby & Acklaghi, 2017). 


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Citation information has been adapted from the APA Manual (7th Edition). Please refer to page 332-333 of the APA Manual (7th Edition) for more information.

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