How to cite a government report in AMA

AMA government report citation

To cite a government report in a reference entry in AMA style 11st edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the report: Give the last name, and initials of up to six authors (e.g. Watson J). For more authors only the first three are listed, followed by et al.
  2. Title of the government report: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  3. Place of publication: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  4. Publisher: Abbreviate the publisher's name.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.
  6. Report number: Give the report number if available.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a government report in AMA style 11st edition:

Author(s) of the report. Title of the government report. Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication. Report No. Report number.

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


A report published by a government agency

U.S. Department of State. 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State; 2017.

A report published by a government agency

Raponi, MA. Federal PKI Compliance Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Publishing Office; 2013. Report No. 13-19.

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