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How to cite using AMA in the Health Sciences: Journal Article - pre-print

This guide covers the basics of the American Medical Association's (AMA) citation style.

Format, Example and Tips - Journal article - pre-print, epub ahead of print or "early view article"

Elements to include and formatting

Author(s).  Article title.  Abbreviated Journal Name. Published online month day year.  doi:


  1. Papastergiou J, Folkins C, Li W.  Community pharmacy-based A1c screening:  a Canadian model for diabetes care.  Int J Pharm Pract.  Published online December 16, 2015. doi:10.1111/ijpp.12228


  • Many articles now appear online before they are published in the print version of the journal they were submitted to for publication.  These articles are often referred to as pre-prints, "epubs ahead of print" or  "early view articles."  They typically do not have volume, issue, or page numbers until they have been published in the print version of the journal.
  • Abbreviated journal name is in italics.
  • Journal abbreviations. AMA employs journal abbreviations as set by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases.
    • Alternatively:
      • Use PubMed or OVID Medline to locate the appropriate abbreviation.


Questions about the AMA Manual of Style? 

Contact the librarians at the
NJM Health Sciences Library
200 level, Brodie Centre

The content and design of this page was copied and adapted from the guide "AMA Style: the Basics for Pharmacy Writing" written and developed by Caitlin Carter, University of Waterloo Library.