The AMA Manual of Style provides detailed guidelines on authorship, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, intellectual property, and the protection of individuals' rights in scientific research and publication as well as citations and manuscript preparation. AMA Style is the preferred citation style for the medical, social sciences and scientific publishing communities.
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Author last name First and Second initials, if given (often, no authors are given). Title of the specific item cited (if none is given, use the name of the organization responsible for the site). Name of the website. Date published. Updated [date]. Accessed [date]. URL [provide URL and verify that the link still works as close as possible to publication]
Author last name First and Second initials. Item title. Published [date]. Updated [date if available]. Accessed [date]. URL
Example: U.S. Department of Health, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma 2007. September 2012. Accessed October 24, 2012. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/guidelines-for-diagnosis-management-of-asthma
Names of all authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors are used, followed by “et al.”
Use sentence case for article titles: only capitalize the first letter of the first word, proper nouns, names of clinical trials or study groups, and abbreviations that are normally capitalized.
Print Journal Article
Online Journal Article - Note that the DOI is preferred over a URL.
Online Journal Article - Published online before being assigned a specific volume, issue, and page numbers.
Online Journal Article - Preprint posted to a public server such as arXiv.org, bioRxiv.org, MedRxiv
Online Journal Article - Preprint posted to a publisher's website
Collins-McMillen D, Stevenson EV, Heon Kim J, et al. HCMV utilizes a nontraditional STAT1 activation cascade via signaling through EGFR and integrins to efficiently promote the motility, differentiation, and polarization of infected monocytes. J Virol. Accepted manuscript. Published online October 11, 2017. doi:10.1128/JVI.00622-17
Atkins M, Coutinho AD, Nunna S, Gupte-Singh K, Eaddy M. Confirming the timing of phase-based costing in oncology studies: a case example in advanced melanoma. J Med Econ. Accepted manuscript. Published online October 12, 2017. doi:10.1080/13696998.2017.1391818
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