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Citing Sources in AMA 11

Brief guide with resources for citing using AMA 11, which was first released in March 2020. Note that the AMA10 guide now redirects to this site because we recommend you use the current version!

References - Quick Tips

  • Number references consecutively with arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text.
  • If the citation extends to a second line, do NOT indent (as in APA).
  • Author names are written as Lastname FirstinitialMiddleinitial with no punctuation in between (e.g. Slade SC). Use commas between names if there are multiple authors.
  • Journal titles are abbreviated and in italics. Use the NLM abbreviations for journal titles (link below)
  • For title of journal article: capitalize only the first word and any proper nouns
  • For journal page numbers and dates: year followed by a semicolon; the volume number and the issue number (in parentheses) followed by a colon; the initial page number, a hyphen, the final page number followed by a period and are set without spaces.
  • URLS / DOI: use the DOI whenever available (this is preferable to the URL), but include a URL is there is no DOI


1. Slade SC, Finkelstein DI, McGinley JL, Morris ME. Exercise and physical activity for people with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy: a systematic review. Clin Rehabil. 2020;34(1):23-33. doi:10.1177/0269215519877235

Where to Find Journal Title Abbreviations

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