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Citation Style Guide: AMA

Easy to follow examples and links to further information about MLA, APA, Chicago and other citation styles

AMA Citation Basics

* References should be numbered consecutively with superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text.

* Use initials without periods for author names and do not put space between the initials:  Smith IP.

* Abbreviate and italicize journal titles.  See the NLM Journals database for abbreviations.

* If there are more than six authors list only the first three, followed by "et al".

* Titles are in sentence style, not capitalized.

* Use a DOI (digital object identifier) instead of a URL if available.  If a DOI is used you do not need to note the "Accessed on" date.


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Citing References In Text

Cite a passage in text by placing a superscript Arabic numeral following the citation.  Then number the reference list in order as they appear in the text.


The report1 found that...
As has been noted previously,2
This argument was refuted in another study.3
Other reports4,5confirm these findings. (Note: Two sources are cited.)
" has been the conclusion of this author."6 (Note: Use after direct quotation.)
In recent reports1,3-5,9surgical outcomes have been... (Note: Multiple sources cited; not all are consecutive.)

You may cite the same source more than once by using the same endnote number. However, when you repeat a number,  include a page number, in parentheses, next to the note number.

The data1(p44) disproves the previous assertion...

See pages 41-44 of the AMA Manual of Style for more information.

Citing Articles in the Reference List

Article in a print journal:

  1. Narducci E, Waltz A, Gorski K, Leppla L, Donaldson M. The clinical utility of functional performance tests within one-year post-acl reconstruction: a systematic review. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2011;6(4):333-342.

Online article from a database (such as EBSCO):

  1. McConnell R, Islam T, Shankardass K, et al. Childhood incident asthma and traffic-related air pollution at home and school. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(7):1021-1026. doi:10.1289/ehp.0901232.

Online article from web site:

  1. Goldstein LB, Bushnell CD, Adams RJ, et al. Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke. Stroke. 2011;42(2):517 -584.  Accessed February 5, 2012.

Online article from newspaper

  1. Brown, D. Global diabetes rate soars. Washington Post. June 26, 2011. Accessed March 30, 2012.

Citing Books in the Reference List

Book with author:

  1. Katz RV, Warren RC. The Search for the Legacy of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books; 2011.

(As with articles, if there are more than six authors list only the first three, followed by "et al".)

Book with editor:

  1. Boylan, M, ed.  Public Health Policy and Ethics.   Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2004.

Book - chapter:

  1. Frumkin, H. Urban sprawl and public health.  In:  Hynes, HP, Lopez, R.  Urban Health:  Readings in the Social, Built, and Physical Environments of U.S. Cities.  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2009:11-168.

Book - no author:

  1. Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.  31st ed.  Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2007.

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