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AMA Manual of Style Guide (10th)

This guide will assist you with the AMA Manual of Style (10th edition)

Citing A Journal Article in AMA Format

Basic Rules for Citing a Journal Article -The AMA Manual of Style (10th) is in the library WZ 345 A511m 2007

  • Capitalize the first word of the article title and the first word of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns.
  • Journal name is abbreviated and italicized. Abbreviate according to the listing in the PubMed Journals database.
  • Use parenthetical designation of a city if it is included in the PubMed abbreviation.
  • Include issue number in parentheses after volume number. Do NOT italicize issue numbers.
  • Give inclusive page numbers, but do not use p. or pp.
  • Include DOI if available.

  • Print Journal (Use month of publication if no volume or issue given)
  • Online Journal (Include page numbers if article also available in print).

  • See pp. 47-52, 64-67 AMA Manual of Style (10th) for additional rules and examples.

Reference to a Print journal article. (See p.47 3.11 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author A, Author B, Author C, et al. Title of Article. Title of Periodical. date; volume(issue): pages.

Example Below:

Rainer S, Thomas D, Tokarz D, et al. Myofibrillogenesis regulator 1 gene mutations cause paroxysmal dystonic choreoathetosis. Arch Neurol. 2004; 61(7):1025-1029.


Reference to an Online Journal Article: (See p.64 3.15.1 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author. Article title. Journal Title. date; volume(issue): pages. URL. Accessed date.

Example Below:

Duchin JS. Can preparedness for biological terrorism save us from pertussis? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(2):106‐107. Accessed July 9, 2014.


Reference to a journal article with DOI. (See pp.64-65 3.15.1 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author A, Author B, Author C. Article Title. Journal Title. date;volume(issue):pages.doi

Example Below:

Smeeth L. Iliffe S. Community screening for visual impairment in the elderly. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(2):CD001054. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD1001054.


Kitajima TS, Kawashima SA, Watanabe Y. The conserved kinetochore protein shugoshin protects centromeric cohesion during meiosis. Nature. 2004;427(6974):510-517. doi:10.1038/nature02312.