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APA 6th Edition (scroll down for APA 7th edition)

You may use a corporate or group author name in place of a person’s name. Regarding whether to abbreviate the title of the author,

the names of groups that serve as authors. . . are usually spelled out each time they appear in a text citation. The names of some group authors are spelled out in the first citation and abbreviated thereafter. In deciding whether to abbreviate the name of a group author, use the general rule that you need to give enough information in the text citation for the reader to locate the entry in the reference list without difficulty. If the name is long and cumbersome and if the abbreviation is familiar or readily understandable, you may abbreviate the name in the second and subsequent citations. If the name is short or the abbreviations would not be readily understandable, write out the name each time it occurs. (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 176)

Use the full name of the author in the reference list. See page 176 in the APA manual for more information.

Example citation: (Royal Roads University, 2001) or (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], year)

Example reference list entry:

Royal Roads University. (2001). The university. Retrieved from http://www.royalroads.ca/about-rru/the-university/ 

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

APA 7th Edition

You may use a corporate or group author name in place of a person’s name. Abbreviate the name to an appropriate acronym only when the abbreviation is well known, avoids cumbersome repetition and/or will appear at least three times in the paper (American Psychological Association, 2020, p.268). When abbreviating a title of an organization within a citation, spell out the full title in the first citation of that source and insert the abbreviation in parentheses after the full title. For example:

  • First parenthetical citation: (Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group [VIPIRG], n.d.)
  • First narrative citation:  Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG, n.d.)

And either (VIPIRG, n.d.) or VIPIRG (n.d.) in subsequent parenthetical and narrative citations. Use the full name of the author in the reference list. See page 288 in the APA Style manual for more information.

  • Reference list entry: Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group. (n.d.). About VIPIRG. https://vipirg.ca/media

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000