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AMA 11th Edition Citation Style Guide: Home

This guide is based on the American Medical Association's Manual of Style, 11th edition.


In 2020 the Journal of the American Medical Association released the 11th edition of the AMA Manual of Style. Updates include patient first inclusive language, updated guidance in legal and ethical issues, and comprehensive updates of references for digital formatting and social media. Please consult your professor if you need assistance with formatting your manuscript.  Feel free to contact a librarian for assistance in navigating references and citations in AMA.

AMA Style Guide ebook edition

The AMA Manual of Style 11th edition is available through Marymount Library as an ebook.

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In-Text Citations

In AMA style, manuscript citations are used when paraphrasing or summarizing and when directly quoting. Block quotes are used for  text that is longer than four lines.

Please see section 3.3 references given in text

The AMA uses a numerical superscript format for citing sources. Number the citations in the order presented in the paper. Superscript numbers are placed after quotation marks, commas and periods. 

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