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11th Edition AMA Citation Style Basics: Print Book

AMA Manual of Style


This guide is intended as a basic introduction to the AMA 11th edition citation style.

See Section 3.12 for more info on Print Book references & examples.

See Sections 3.7-3.10 for author & title rules.

Example of a Print Book

Simon LS, Lipman AG, Jacox AK, et al. Pain in Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Chronic Arthritis. 2nd ed. American Pain Society; 2002.


Authors: Simon LS, Lipman, AG, Jacox AK, et al.
Last name first and then abbreviate first and middle names to just the first initial with no spaces, commas, or periods in between. Place a comma between multiple authors. If there are more than six authors listed, give the first three authors followed by et al. End with a period.

Title & subtitle of the book: Pain in Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Chronic Arthritis.
The title and subtitle, if any, are separated by a colon. Capitalize all major words of the title and subtitle. Italicize the title. End with a period.

Volume number: (if applicable)
If there is more than one volume, give volume number preceded by Vol with no period. End with a period. Ex. = Vol 3. See section 3.12.6 if there is a separate volume title.

Edition number:  2nd ed.
Do not indicate a first edition. Give edition number in ordinal format such as 2nd, 3rd and so on followed by ed. End with a period.

Place of publication: N/A:
The 11th edition of the AMA Manual of Style no longer recommends including the place of publication in the reference. 

Publisher: American Pain Society;
Use the full name of the publisher from the book's title page but format & abbreviate it per the rules in sections 3.12.9 & 14.7.  End with a semi-colon.

Year of Publication: 2002.
List the year of publication, which appears on the title page or the title page verso (back side of title page). End the citation with a period.