Q. Can I abbreviate an organizational author in my in-text citation?


Yes, you can abbreviate the organizational author in your in-text citation.

The first time you cite the organization in-text, write the full name and then provide the abbreviation. After the first in-text citation, you can use the abbreviation. 


  • (Alberta Health Services [AHS], 2019, para. 5).
  • According to Alberta Health Services (AHS, 2019), .... (para. 5).

In the reference, do not abbreviate the name of the organization.

More information can be found on the APA's blog.


  • Last Updated Apr 23, 2020
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  • Answered By Fiona Dyer

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