How to cite a software manual in AMA

AMA software manual citation

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

  1. Author(s) of software: 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 manual: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  3. Edition: 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 a software manual in AMA style 11st edition:

Author(s) of software. Title of manual. Edition 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 software manual by two authors

Bott E, Leonhard W. Special Edition Using Microsoft Office XP. Indianapolis, IN: Que Pub.; 2001.

A software manual by one author

Lawrence MS. Digital Spectral Analysis Matlab(r) Software User Guide. United States: Dover Pub.; 2019.

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