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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Sarewitz D. Double trouble? To throw cash at science is a mistake. Nature. 2010;468(7321):135.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Bobrow M, Thomas S. Patents in a genetic age. Nature. 2000;409(6822):763-764.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Brooks-Pollock E, Roberts GO, Keeling MJ. A dynamic model of bovine tuberculosis spread and control in Great Britain. Nature. 2014;511(7508):228-231.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Zürch M, Rothhardt J, Hädrich S, et al. Real-time and sub-wavelength ultrafast coherent diffraction imaging in the extreme ultraviolet. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7356.

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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Yakushevich LV. Nonlinear Physics of DNA. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2005.
An edited book
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Monma T, Goto I, Hayashi T, Tachiya H, Ohsawa K, eds. Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake: Tsunami, Radioactive, and Reputational Damages. 1st ed. 2015. Springer Japan; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
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Bentley ML. Toward Awakening Consciousness: A Response to EcoJustice Education and Science Education. In: Tippins DJ, Mueller MP, Eijck M van, Adams JD, eds. Cultural Studies and Environmentalism: The Confluence of EcoJustice, Place-Based (Science) Education, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Cultural Studies of Science Education. Springer Netherlands; 2010:29-41.

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 D. We’ve Created A New Vibration-Proof ‘Metamaterial’ That Could Save Premature Babies’ Lives. IFLScience. Published January 19, 2017. Accessed October 30, 2018. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/weve-created-a-new-vibrationproof-metamaterial-that-could-save-premature-babies-lives/

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. GAO’s Views on SDIO’s Phase I Cost Estimate. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989.

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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Gemmer J. Shape Selection in the Non-Euclidean Model of Elasticity. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona; 2012.

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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Walsh MW. Pension Fraud By New Jersey Cited by S.E.C. New York Times. August 18, 2010:A1.

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
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