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Scholarly Project Resources: AMA Manual of Style Guide (10th)

This guide will provide information for medical students who are working on their scholarly project.

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. http://archpedi.amaassn.org/cgi/content/full/158/2/106. Accessed June 1, 2004.

 

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 visiual 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.

 

 

Citing a website in AMA format

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

  • As much relevant information as possible should be included
  • Author if given
  • Title of the specific item cited (if none given, use the name of the organization responsible for the website)
  • Name of the website
  • URL (verify that the link still works as close as possible to publication date)
  • Published date
  • Updated date
  • Accessed (date)

  • See pp. 63-72 APA Manual of Style (10th) for additional rules and examples.

 

Reference to a website with no author.

Name of organization. Title of specific item cited. URL. Accessed date.

Example below.

International Society for Infectious Diseases. ProMED-mail Website. http://www.promedmail.org. Accessed April 29, 2004.

 

Reference to a website with author. (See p.68 3.15.3 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author A. Title. Name of website. URL. Updated date. Accessed date.

Example below.

Sullivan D. Major search engines and directories. SearchEngineWatch Website. http://www.searchenginewatch.com/links/article.php/2156221. Updated April 28, 2004. Accessed December 6, 2005.

 

 

 

Citing a book in AMA format

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

  • Chapter title (when cited)
  • Surname and first and middle initials of book authors and editors (or translator, if any)
  • Title of book and subtitle, if any
  • Volume number and volume title , when there is more than one volume
  • Edition number (do NOT indicate first edition)
  • Page numbers, when specific pages are cited
  • Titles of books are italicized.
  • Titles of books are NOT underlined.
  • Book with Two to Six Authors: Separate the authors’ names using a comma.
  • Book with Seven or More Authors: List the first three authors, and then put “et al.”

  • For more rules see pp. 52-56 in the AMA Manual of Style (10th).

 

Reference to a book, one author. (See p.52 3.12 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)


Author A. Title of Work. Location: Publisher; date.

Example below:

Costanzo L. Physiology. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2006.

 

Reference to a book, two or more authors.  (See p.53 3.12.2 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author A, Author B, Author C. Title of Work. Location: Publisher; date.

Example below:

Venables WN, Ripley BD. Modern Applied Statistics With S. 4th ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co; 2003.

 

Reference to a book, with seven or more authors. (See p.53 3.12.2 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author A, Author B, Author C. Title of Work. Location: Publisher; date.

Example below:

Simon LS, Lipman, AG, Jacox AK, et al. Pain in Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Chronic Arthritis. 2nd ed. Glenview, IL: American Pain Society; 2002.

Reference to a chapter in an Electronic book

Author A. Chapter title. In: Editors. Title of electronic book. Based on:[ Edition number, if it is the second edition or above]. edition. Location: Publisher; date. URL. Accessed date.

Example below:

Resnick NM. Geriatric medicine. In: Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Isselbacher KJ, et al. eds. Harrison's Online. Based on: Braunwald E, Hauser SL, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, Longon DL, Jameson JL, eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 15th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2001. http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/resources/documentation/harrisonsinfo.html. Accessed December 6, 2005.

Reference to an edited book. (See p.54 3.12.5 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Editor A, ed. Title of Work. Location: Publisher; date.

Example below:

Galanter M, ed. Services Research in the Era of Managed Care. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum; 2001.

 

Reference to a chapter in an edited book. (See p.53 3.12.4 in AMA Manual of Style 10th)

Author A, Author B. Chapter title. In: Editor A, ed. Title of Work. Location: Publisher; date: pages.

Example below:

Bergeron C, Lowe J. Frontotemporal degeneration: introduction. In: Dickson DW, ed. Neurodegeneration: The Moelcular Pathology of Dementia and Movement Disorders. Basel, Switzerland: ISN Neuropath Press; 2003: 342-348.

Citing other resources with the AMA Format

The AMA Manual of Style (10th) is in the library WZ 345 A511m 2007

 

Example of Government/Organization Reports:

Jacob Siegel; Administration on Aging. Aging into the 21st century. http://www.aoa.gov/prof/Statistics/future_growth/aging21/aging_21.asp. Published May 31, 1996. Accessed December 6, 2005.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Protection of human subjects. 45 CFR 46. http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm. Revised Novembe 13, 2001. Effective December 13, 2001. Accessed February 27, 2004.

 

Example of a Database:

PDQ: NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute,; 1996. http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/cancerdatabase. Updated Decemnber 18, 2001. Accessed April 29, 2004.

 

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, OMIM. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=OMIM. Accessed December 6, 2005.

 

Example of a Book on CD-ROM

Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J. Raff M, Roberts K, Walter P. Molecular Biology of the Cell [CD-ROM]. 4th ed. New York, NY: Garland Science; 2002.

 

Example of an Online Newspaper

Weiss R. The promise of precision prescriptions. Washington Post. June 24, 2000:A1. http://www.washingtonpost.com. Accessed October 10, 2001.

Perez-Pena R. Children in shelters hit hard by asthma. New York Times. March 2, 2004. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/02/nyregion/02asthma.html. Accessed March 2, 2004.


E-mail List (Listserve) Messages:

Example of an e-mail citation appearing in a running text:

There have been no subsequent reports of toxic reactions in the exposed groups (Joan Smith, MD, e-mail communication, March 29, 2004).

Example of an e-mail message cited in running text:

The Editorial Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) is preparing a statement on government embargoes and scientific exchange (Margaret A. Winker, MD. WAME listserve, February 25, 2004).

Example of an e-mail thread cited in running text:

How authors learn writing skills. WAME listserve discussion. October 19-22, 2005. http://www.wame.org/writingskills.htm. Accessed February 15, 2006.