How to AMA Cite: Online Journal format

The 11th edition of the AMA Manual of style was created by the American Medical Association for the health, medical and scientific fields. This is a quick visual guide only. You must consult Chapter 3 in the online AMA manual for detailed explanations.

11th edition American Medical Association (AMA ) Manual of Style

Journal article Format


Author(s). Article title. Abbreviated Journal Name. Year;vol(issue No.):inclusive pages.


Authors(s). Article title. Abbreviated Journal Name. Publication date. inclusive pages DOI, if provided

  • The journal name is in italics.
  • The period is used each time to separate the author information from the journal article title and from the journal publishing information in a citation.
  • The semicolon separates the year from volume number.
  • The colon separates the isuue number from page numbers.
  • Use the journal's DOI instead of the url.

A journal article includes the following:

■ Authors’ surnames and initials (the names of all authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors are used, followed by “et al”)

■ Title of article and subtitle, if any

■ Abbreviated name of journal (see 13.10, Abbreviations, Names of Journals)

■ Year (or online publication date [month and day, year] if article is published online first and has yet to appear in a paginated issue or is published in an online-only journal)

■ Volume number

■ Issue number

■ Part or supplement number, when pertinent

■ Location (page[s] or e-locator)

■ DOI (if supplied)


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