AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors / Edition 10

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For decades indispensable, the AMA Manual of Style continues to provide editorial support to the medical and scientific publishing community. Since the 1998 publication of the 9th edition, however, the world of medical publishing has rapidly modernized, and the intersection of research and publishing has become ever more complex. The 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style brings this definitive manual into the 21st century with a broadened international perspective.

In doing so, the 10th edition has expanded its electronic guidelines, with the understanding that authors now routinely submit articles through online systems and often cite Web-only content. Ethical and legal issues receive increased attention, with detailed guidelines on authorship, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, intellectual property, and the protection of individuals' rights in scientific research and publication. The new edition examines research ethics and editorial independence and features new material on indexing and searching as well as medical nomenclature.

The JAMA Network, one of the most respected groups of medical publications in the world, have lent members of their expert staff of professional journal editors to the committee that has produced this edition. Extensively peer-reviewed, the 10th edition provides a welcome and improved standard for the growing international medical community. More than a style manual, this 10th edition offers invaluable guidance on how to navigate the dilemmas that authors and researchers and their institutions, medical editors and publishers, and members of the news media who cover scientific research confront in a society that has thrust these issues center stage. Also available in an online version!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The 10th edition instructs writers how to attach audio and video clips, as well as links to Web-based supplementary material. It also instructs them how to reference research that, in addition to books pulled from the library stacks, might include Web sites, messages from e-mail lists, or online-conference proceedings...The new Oxford University Press version also has an expanded, 175-page chapter on ethical and legal concerns, including conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, intellectual-property rights, and protection of research subjects' rights in scientific research and publication."—Chronicle of Higher Education

"Essential tool for physicians and other health professionals. In addition to the basics of grammar and citation, it leads writers through the thickets of abbreviation, nomenclature, and quantitation."—Booklist

"The manual is comprehensive and detailed, and I can't think of a single relevant aspect of medical and scientific writing that is not covered here."—Doody's, a 5 star review

"For medical writers and editors, the AMA Manual of Style remains the unrivaled point of departure."—Copyediting

"The manual is thorough and authoritative...the content is carefully referenced, and the references on all topics are impressively up-to-date."—Review from The Journal of the European Medical Writers Association

"This excellent manual offers the means to produce essays, articles or research papers that are well organized and authoritative."—Nursing Standard

"The manual's expository style is exemplary. It is relaxed and unpretentious...The manual covers impressive new territory."—The Editorial Eye

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sue Reynolds, BSc (The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This well known, authoritative style manual comprehensively covers producing medical and scientific manuscripts. It updates the ninth edition published in 1998.
Purpose: This manual is successful in providing authors and editors with guidelines on every aspect of preparing a manuscript that is well organized, clear, readable, and authoritative.
Audience: The target audience is authors, editors, publishers, reviewers, and anyone else interested in scientific writing. While students are not specifically mentioned, they would also find this manual useful for writing academic papers. The authors are a group of editors of JAMA and the Archives family of journals.
Features: The section on preparing an article for publication contains instructions and examples for both print and electronic references, data presentation guidelines, and recommendations on ethical and legal issues involved in publication. A section on style covers usage guidelines for grammar, punctuation, and capitalization, plus a new chapter on medical indexes. A section on terminology includes abbreviations and nomenclature. The highlight of the section on measurement and quantitation is a 50-page glossary of statistical terms. The section on technical information covers fonts, spacing, and layout.
Assessment: The detailed index and the multilevel outline at the beginning of each chapter help the reader to quickly find information on a specific aspect. The manual is comprehensive and detailed, and I can't think of a single relevant aspect of medical and scientific writing that is not covered here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195176339
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Series: AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 1032
  • Sales rank: 100,607
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.22 (h) x 2.12 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMA and the Archives Journals, one of the most respected groups of medical publications in the world, have lent members of their expert staff of professional journal editors to the committee that has produced this edition.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     v
Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Preparing an Article for Publication
Types of Articles     3
Manuscript Preparation     7
References     39
Visual Presentation of Data     81
Ethical and Legal Considerations     125
Editorial Assessment and Processing     301
Grammar     315
Punctuation     333
Plurals     367
Capitalization     371
Correct and Preferred Usage     381
Non-English Words, Phrases, and Accent Marks     421
Medical Indexes     425
Abbreviations     441
Nomenclature     529
Eponyms     777
Greek Letters     781
Measurement and Quantitation
Units of Measure     787
Numbers and Percentages     821
Study Design and Statistics     835
Mathematical Composition     907
Technical Information
Typography     917
Manuscript Editing and Proofreading     929
Glossary of Publishing Terms     935
Resources     967
Index     977
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