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AMA Manual of Style

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Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195176339
Published online April 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780195382846 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jama/9780195176339.001.0001
AMA Manual of Style

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Abbreviations

Roxanne K. Young.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 15175 words.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines an abbreviation as “a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole”3 (eg, Dr for doctor, US for United...

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Capitalization

Brenda Gregoline.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 2818 words.

The first word of every complete sentence should be capitalized. The following should also be capitalized...

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Correct and Preferred Usage

Roxanne K. Young.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 14141 words.

The second quote, from a 1904 editorial in JAMA, certainly holds true today, but of course, editors do consider manuscripts that are poorly written but are of good science, although they...

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Editorial Assessment and Processing

Richard M. Glass.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 4923 words.

The principal goals of editing biomedical publications are to select, improve, and disseminate information that will advance the art and science of the discipline covered by the...

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Eponyms

Richard M. Glass.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 1488 words.

Eponyms are names or phrases derived from or including the name of a person or place. These terms are used in a descriptive or adjectival sense1 in medical and scientific writing to...

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Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 86964 words.

This chapter is intended to provide guidance to authors, editors, reviewers, and publishers in the fields of biomedicine, health, and the life sciences. The discussion focuses on ethical...

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Glossary of Publishing Terms

Jennifer Reiling.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 12408 words.

This glossary is intended to define terms commonly encountered during editing and publishing as well as those editing and publishing as well as those industry terms that also have a more...

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Grammar

Stacy Christiansen.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 6551 words.

A clear understanding of grammar is basic to good writing. Many excellent grammar books provide a detailed discussion of specific principles (see 25.3, Resources, General Style and Usage)....

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Greek Letters

Brenda Gregoline.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 623 words.

Greek letters are frequently used in statistical formulas and notations, in mathematical composition, in certain chemical names for drugs, and in clinical and technical terms (see 14.11,...

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Manuscript Editing and Proofreading

Stacy Christiansen.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 814 words.

Corrections often need to be marked on printed manuscripts and typeset copy. The following marks are common in publishing and used by manuscript editors, proofreaders, and others involved...

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Manuscript Preparation

Cheryl Iverson.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 13977 words.

Preparation of a scholarly manuscript requires thoughtful consideration of the topic and anticipation of the reader’s needs and questions. Certain elements either are standard parts of all...

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Mathematical Composition

Stephen J. Lurie.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 2447 words.

Mathematical formulas and other expressions involving special symbols, character positions, and relationships may present difficulties in clarity in print and online publications. Careful...

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Medical Indexes

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 4064 words.

Indexes are essential and highly valued components of medical textbooks and journals. Publishers should hire professional indexers conversant with medical terminology and allot sufficient...

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Nomenclature

Margaret A. Winker, Richard M. Glass and Harriet S. Meyer.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 67983 words.

This chapter is devoted to nomenclature: systematically formulated names for specific entities. Biological nomenclature dates back at least to the 18th century. Since the mid-20th century,...

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Non-English Words, Phrases, and Accent Marks

Brenda Gregoline.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 674 words.

Some words and phrases derived from other languages have become part of standard English usage. Those that have not should be italicized (see 22.0, Typography), and usually a definition...

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Numbers and Percentages

Stephen J. Lurie and Margaret A. Winker.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 5210 words.

Any policy on the use of numbers in text must take into account the reader’s impression that numbers written as numerals (symbols) appear to emphasize quantity more strongly than numbers...

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Plurals

Brenda Gregoline.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 742 words.

The plurals of most nouns are formed by adding -s or -es. However, English is irregular enough that it pays to consult a dictionary for most forms.

Collective nouns may take either...

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Punctuation

Cheryl Iverson.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 11905 words.

Periods, question marks, and exclamation points are the 3 end-of-sentence punctuation marks. Periods are the most common end-of-sentence punctuation marks. Use a period at the end of a...

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References

Cheryl Iverson.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 16846 words.

References serve 3 primary purposes—documentation, acknowledgment, and directing or linking the reader to additional resources. Authors may cite a reference to support their own arguments...

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Resources

Jennifer Reiling.

in AMA Manual of Style

March 2007; p ublished online April 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medicine and Health; Language Reference. 2069 words.

The resources listed in this chapter are provided for information only and do not imply an endorsement by the AMA Manual of Style.

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