Instructions on format for AMA are not explicitly stated in the AMA Manual of Style. These instructions come from Dr. Abel Scribe's AMA MedStyle Stat! Web site. Please use these guidelines as a rough estimate only of the requirements, and seek your professor's expertise for more concrete support.
One inch margins are required around the text. Leave the right margin unjustified.
Block paragraph spacing is recommended for final manuscripts. Single space within the abstract, notes, titles and headings, block quotes, tables and figures, and references (everything but the main text), double space before and after each single spaced block.
JAMA specifies a 12-point or 10-point font. There is no requirement for the typeface. A serif font is commonly used in publication (eg, Times Roman). A sans serif font often looks good in draft manuscripts.
Half-inch indents are standard.
Every page of a research paper is numbered consecutively starting with the title page. Do not change numbering systems through the text, even with lengthy data sets or appendixes.
A short title header goes at the top of the page, aligned with the page number or left margin. This takes the place of the "running head" required of copy manuscripts.
Journal article (print, 1 author)
Spencer J. Physician, heal thyself – but not on your own please. Med Educ. 2005; 89: 548-549.
Journal article (print, 2-6 authors)
Salwachter AR, Freischlag JA, Sawyer RG, Sanfey HA. The training needs and priorities of male and female surgeons and their trainees. J Am Coll Surg. 2005; 201: 199-205.
Journal article (online)*if no doi, provide the URL for the specific article
Coppinger T, Jeanes YM, Hardwick J, Reeves S. Body mass, frequency of eating and breakfast consumption in 9-13- year-olds. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2012; 25(1): 43-49. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2011.01184.x
Journal article (library database)*citation rules vary for this resource; check with your professor
Calhoun D, Trimarco T, Meek R, Locasto D. Distinguishing diabetes: Differentiate between type 1 & type 2 DM. JEMS. [serial online]. November 2011; 36(11):32-48. Available from: CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 6,2015.
Outbreak notice: Cholera in Haiti. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/outbreak-notice/haiti-cholera.htm.Published October 22, 2010. Updated January 9, 2012. Accessed February 5,2015.
Modlin J, Jenkins P. Decision Analysis in Planning for a Polio Outbreak in the United States. San Francisco, CA: Pediatric Academic Societies; 2004
Solensky R. Drug allergy: desensitization and treatment of reactions to antibiotics and aspirin. In: Lockey P, ed. Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker; 2004:585-606.
*Adapted from http://www.lib.jmu.edu/citation/amaguide.pdf
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