AMA citation generator

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ama citation generator

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Why, when, and what do I have to cite?

The broad scientific knowledge we have today is the accomplishment of many researchers over time. To put your own contribution in context, it is important to cite the work of the researchers who influenced you.

Cited sources can provide key background information, support or dispute your thesis, or offer important definitions and data. Citing also shows that you have personally read the work.

In addition to crediting the ideas of others that you used to build your own argument, you need to provide documentation for all facts and figures that are not common knowledge.

Common knowledge is knowledge that is known by everyone, or nearly everyone, and can basically concern any subject. An example for common knowledge would be "There are seven days in a week".

The number of sources you cite in your work depends on the intent of the paper. In most cases, you will need to cite one or two of the most representative sources for each key point.

However, if you are working on a review article, the aim is to present to the readers everything that has been written on a topic, so you will need to include a more exhaustive list of citations.

What is the AMA citation style?

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AMA stands for American Medical Association. The AMA Manual of Style is the official style guide defining the citation rules of AMA.

The AMA Manual of Style is written by the editors of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and the Archives journals, and is most recently published by Oxford University Press in its 10th and current edition.

The AMA Manual of Style was first published in 1962 and specifies the writing and citation rules for use in the journals published by the American Medical Association.

The AMA style is widely used, not just by authors and editors in medicine and related health fields, but also by hundreds of other scientific journals, in many textbooks, and in academia. Together with APA and CSE style, it is one of the major citation styles used.

How do I cite in AMA style?

The AMA style uses superscript arabic numerals for references in-text, and requires you to place a list of all cited references at the end of the document.

AMA in-text citation

In-text references are numbered in consecutive order.

The superscript number is inserted in the document immediately after the part being cited.

If more than one reference is cited at the same point, separate the numbers with commas and no spaces in between.

In-text citation examples

Immediately next to the fact, idea or quotation being cited:

The study included 20 patients.1

Outside periods and commas:

While this was observed on multiple occasions, 2,3,4 it cannot be said with certainty that it is true.

Inside colons and semi-colons:

Study A pointed to no correlation5; study B reframed the whole concept.6

When you cite more than 2 references at a given place in your paper, use hyphens to join the first and last numbers of a closed series and use commas without space to separate other parts of a multiple citation:

As indicated previously, 1,5-8,20,23

AMA reference list

Include a reference list (named 'References') with full citations at the end of your document. Your reference list must be in numerical order to reflect the order of your in-text citations.

Make sure to always include the last name and first and middle initial of the authors without punctuation. Use a comma to separate more than one author in a single bibliographic group (e.g. Silvera A, Albertalli B).

Each reference is divided with periods into bibliographic groups. Each bibliographic group contains bibliographic elements, which may be separated using the following punctuation marks:

  • Comma: if the items are closely related or sub-elements of a bibliographic element (e.g. authors' names)
  • Semicolon: if the elements in the bibliographic group are different (e.g. between publisher's name and copyright year), before volume identification data, if there are multiple occurrences of logically related elements within a group
  • Colon: after a connective phrase, before the publisher's name, between title and subtitle
Reference list examples

Journal article with DOI

1. Heidenreich S, Mohr A, Puck J. Political strategies, entrepreneurial overconfidence and foreign direct investment in developing countries. Journal of World Business. 2015;50(4):793-803. doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2015.03.002.

2. Florez H, Martinez R, Chakra W, Strickman-Stein M, Levis S. Outdoor exercise reduces the risk of hypovitaminosis D in the obese. J Steroid Biochem Mol Bio. 2007;103(3-5):679-681. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2006.12.032.

A whole book

3. Galanter M, ed. Services Research in the Era of Managed Care. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum; 2001.

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πŸ€ΉπŸΎβ€β™€οΈ Does AMA style require abbreviations for journal titles?

Yes, AMA style requires the use of the standard National Library of Medicine [NLM] abbreviations for all journal titles. All abbreviations for medical journals can be found in the NLM Catalog.

πŸ„πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ What version of AMA style should be used in 2020?

The 11th edition of the AMA Manual of style was released on March 2020. Therefore, this version is the most recent and updated version of AMA that can be used in 2020. However, many institutions are still using the 10th edition.

πŸ• Where do I find AMA style reference examples?

In our AMA citation style guide you can find reference examples of books, journal articles to patents and websites.

🎳 Is AMA style easy to use for a paper?

Honestly, the references section of the AMA Manual of Style is very complex. However, AMA style is easy to adopt with the help of BibGuru. Our simple and intuitive interface allows you to create references fast, without having to worry about making mistakes.

⛡️ Who created the official guidelines of AMA style?

The JAMA network of editors are the creators of the official guidelines of AMA style. The About the Authors section of their website lists all names and descriptions of the manual's authors.

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