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AMA Citation Style Basics: Print Journal Article

AMA Manual of Style

This guide is intended as a basic introduction to the AMA citation style.

Please consult the AMA Manual of Style eBook for more examples and in-depth information.

See section: 3.11 for examples of volume, issue and page number variations.

See sections: 3.7-3.10 for author & title rules.

Example of a Print Journal Article

Foley MK, Prax B, Crowell R, Boone T. Effects of assistive devices on cardiorespiratory demands in older adults. Phys Ther. 1996;76(12):1313-1319.

Explanation

Author: Foley MK, Prax B, Crowell R, Boone T.
Last name first, abbreviate first and middle names to just the first initial with no periods in between. Place a comma between multiple authors. If there are more than six authors, list the first three authors followed by et al. End with a period.


Title & subtitle of the article: Effects of assistive devices on cardiorespiratory demands in older adults.
Title and subtitle, if any, are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and any proper nouns. End with a period.


Title of journal: Phys Ther.
Journal titles in AMA are always abbreviated and italicized. Use the PubMed Journals Database to find out the official abbreviation for your journal. End with a period.


Year of publication: 1996;
List the year when the article was published followed by a semi-colon with no space between.


Volume and issue number:  76(12):
List the volume number with no space followed by the issue number in parentheses again with no space. 
See sections 3.11.3-3.11.8 for variations. Follow the parentheses with a colon.


Page numbers: 1313-1319.
If page numbers of an article run consecutively, separate beginning and ending page numbers with a hyphen. See sections 3.11.3-3.11.8 for variations.  End citation with a period.


Reference: American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style. 10th ed. Oxford, England: Oxford Universtiy Press; 2007.