This page contains reference examples for ethics codes.

American Counseling Association. (2014). 2014 ACA code of ethics.

American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements.

American Psychological Association. (2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (2002, amended effective June 1, 2010, and January 1, 2017).


  • Parenthetical citations: (American Counseling Association, 2014; American Nurses Association, 2015; American Psychological Association, 2017)
  • Narrative citations: American Counseling Association (2014), American Nurses Association (2015), and American Psychological Association (2017)
  • References for ethics codes follow the same format as reports.
  • When the author and publisher are the same (as in the examples), omit the publisher name to avoid repetition.
  • To cite a specific section of an ethics code, create a reference to the full code and then indicate the specific section in the in-text citation. Use the language of the code to refer to sections (e.g., sections, provisions, standards). Here are some examples:
    • Parenthetical citations to sections of an ethics code: (American Counseling Association, 2014, Section A.1.d.; American Nurses Association, 2015, Provision 1.4; American Psychological Association, 2017, Standard 3.04)
    • Narrative citations to sections of an ethics code: American Counseling Association (2014, Section A.1.d.), American Nurses Association (2015, Provision 1.4), and American Psychological Association (2017, Standard 3.04)

Ethics code references are covered in Section 10.4 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition

Date created: February 2020