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AMA Manual of Style

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors is a style guide by the editors of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and the Archives Journals, most recently published by Oxford University Press.[1][2] It specifies the writing and citation styles for use in scholarly publications in medicine internationally, including JAMA and the Archives Journals. It was first published in 1962, and its current edition, the 10th, came out in 2007.[1] The AMA Manual of Style covers a breadth of topics for authors and editors in medicine and related health fields. The online edition also has updates (style points that have changed since the last print edition), a blog, monthly tips from the editors, quizzes, and an SI unit conversion calculator.

AMA style is widely used, not only by AMA publications but by various other scientific journals (including medical and public health journals), textbooks, and academia (for papers written in classes). Along with CMOS, Turabian, APA, and CSE, it is one of the major style regimes for such work.

Content areas

  • Section 1. Preparing an Article for Publication
  1. Types of Articles,
  2. Manuscript Preparation,
  3. References,
  4. Visual Presentation of Data,
  5. Ethical and Legal Considerations,
  6. Editorial Assessment and Processing;
  • Section 2. Style
  1. Grammar,
  2. Punctuation,
  3. Plurals,
  4. Capitalization,
  5. Correct and Preferred Usage,
  6. Non-English Words, Phrases, and Accent Marks,
  7. Medical Indexes;
  • Section 3. Terminology
  1. Abbreviations,
  2. Nomenclature,
  3. Eponyms,
  4. Greek Letters;
  • Section 4. Measurement and Quantitation
  1. Units of Measure,
  2. Numbers and Percentages,
  3. Study Design and Statistics,
  4. Mathematical Composition;
  • Section 5. Technical Information
  1. Typography,
  2. Manuscript Editing and Proofreading,
  3. Glossary of Publishing Terms,
  4. Resources.

Traits of AMA style

Overall, AMA style is clean, is minimalist (for clarity/simplicity), and trusts the readers to have a certain amount of intelligence and education (which the target readership does). For example, AMA style dispenses with periods in abbreviations (which are unnecessary for meaning's or clarity's sake in all but very few contexts); requires expansion of abbreviations at first use (which ensures clarity) but allows a defined subset to be excepted (which prevents ungainliness); and, where appropriate, often allows several sensible options for editors (that is, it sets standards for mechanical style, but it also does not insist on invariability for its own sake in contexts where a bit of limited variation is logical, especially in higher-level style).

References

External links

St. Kate's Library Guide James Madison University Libraries Guide


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