How to cite a PhD thesis in AMA

AMA PhD thesis citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the thesis: 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 PhD thesis: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  3. Location: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  4. Name of the degree awarding institution: Give the name of the institution.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.

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

Author(s) of the thesis. Title of the PhD thesis. [PhD thesis]. Location: Name of the degree awarding institution; Year of publication.

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


A PhD thesis by one author

Confait MF. Maximising the contributions of PHD graduates to national development: the case of the Seychelles. [PhD thesis]. Joondalup, Australia: Edith Cowan University; 2018.

A PhD thesis by one author

Bowkett D. Investigating the ligandability of plant homeodomains. [PhD thesis]. London, UK: University of Oxford; 2015.

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