How to format your references using the American Medical Writers Association Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Medical Writers Association Journal. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
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Hoag H. Coming back to life Montreal. Nature. 2004;430(6996):274-275.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Ziauddin J, Sabatini DM. Microarrays of cells expressing defined cDNAs. Nature. 2001;411(6833):107-110.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Alkire MT, Hudetz AG, Tononi G. Consciousness and anesthesia. Science. 2008;322(5903):876-880.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Yamamoto K, Dürr UHN, Xu J, Im S-C, Waskell L, Ramamoorthy A. Dynamic interaction between membrane-bound full-length cytochrome P450 and cytochrome b5 observed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2538.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
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Dehn MJ. Long-Term Memory Problems in Children and Adolescents. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
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Lin W, Xu D, Ho A, et al., eds. Advances in Multimedia Information Processing – PCM 2012: 13th Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia, Singapore, December 4-6, 2012. Proceedings. Vol 7674. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
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Luenberger DG, Ye Y. Duality and Complementarity. In: Ye Y, ed. Linear and Nonlinear Programming. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016:83-114.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for American Medical Writers Association Journal.

Blog post
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Andrew E. Identifying And Overcoming Depression. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/brain/identifying-and-overcoming-depression/. Published August 12, 2014. Accessed October 30, 2018.

Reports

This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
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Government Accountability Office. Goddard Space Flight Center: Decision to Contract for Plant Operations and Maintenance. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1993.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
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Kamis RP. The Relationship between Expanded Concepts of Self and Well-Being. 2013.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
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Pilon M. A Dominating Display at 14. New York Times. January 14, 2014:B11.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Medical Writers Association Journal
ISSN (print)1075-6361
Scope

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