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How to cite using AMA in the health sciences

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

Format, example and tips - Journal article from a paper / print journal

Elements to include and formatting

Author(s). Article title. Abbreviated Journal Name. Year;volume(issue):pages.


  1. Nathan JP, Grossman S. Professional reading habits of pharmacists attending 2 educational seminars in New York City. J Pharm Practice. 2012;25(6):600-605.
  2. Buster KJ, Stevens EI, Elmets CA. Dermatologic health disparities. Dermatol Clin. 2012;30(1):53-59, viii. 
  3. van der Kam S, Roll S, Swarthout T, et al. Effect of short-term supplementation with ready-to-use therapeutic food or micronutrients for children after illness for prevention of malnutrition: a randomised controlled trial in Uganda. PLoS Med.2016;13(2):e1001951. 


  • Authors. For 1-6 authors include all names.  More than 6 authors, include first three names followed by ,et al.
  • Journals may not always include vol/issue/page numbering, and/or may include an article number in place of these details. Include the details you have in this area.
  • 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.
      • Check the abbreviation from your reference management program.