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AMA Style - 11th Edition

Referencing guide for the 11th Edition of AMA Style

Title Page & Abstract

Please note: Your professor may want you to include different elements in your title page such as a class name and number or the due date.  Always check with your professor first - your professor is always the final authority.


The AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edition) is fairly skimpy on rules for title pages. 


Title Page

AMA does not give specific formatting instructions for a title page, but should include the following: 

  • Title (capitalize all major words)
  • Author(s) full name(s); if more than one author use semi-colons between names
  • Degrees - highest degree/certification is noted; academic degrees (above bachelors)
  • Email addresses
  • Author Affiliation
  • Word Count (text only, excluding title, abstract, references, tables and figures)


Structured Abstracts

  • Used for reports of original data, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and clinical reviews
  • Includes no more than 350 words
  • Contains the headings: Context, Objective, Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, Main Outcome Measure(s), Results, Conclusions (pg.21)

Unstructured Abstracts

  • Used for any other major manuscript
  • No more than 200 words
  • Paragraph with no headings
  • Summarizes the objective, main points, and conclusions of article

Keywords: Some medical journals publish a short list (3-10 terms) of keywords at the end of the abstract.  The author provides these terms because they represent key topics presented in the article.

  • Added at the end of the abstract
  • Terms the author believes represent the key topics presented in the article