How to cite an edited book in AMA

AMA edited book citation

To cite an edited book in a reference entry in AMA style 11st edition include the following elements:

  1. Editor(s) of book: Give the last name, and initials followed by a comma and ed or eds. (e.g. Watson J, ed.).
  2. Title of book: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  3. Edition number: Only include information about the edition if it is not the first.
  4. Place of publication: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  5. Publisher: Abbreviate the publisher's name.
  6. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an edited book in AMA style 11st edition:

Editor(s) of book, ed(s). Title of book. Edition number ed. Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the AMA style guidelines in action:


A book with four editors

Higonnet MR, Jenson J, Michel S, Weitz MC, eds. Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars. New Haven, CT: Yale UP; 1987.

A book with one editor

Trevor W, ed. The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP; 2010.

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