Many of our health sciences graduate students need to be well versed in both APA and AMA (American Medical Association) Style. While most academic departments require APA for academic papers, including theses, capstone projects, and dissertations, many journals in the health field rely on AMA Style. Thus, graduate students may have to shift between these style guides, which have some distinct differences.
Here are a few of the most notable differences between APA and AMA Style.
Citations and References
- APA: Parenthetical citations correspond to an alphabetical references list.
- AMA: Numbered citations correspond to a numerical references list.
- APA: Journal titles in citations are italiczed and spelled out.
- AMA: Journal titles in citations use NLM abbreviations.
- APA: Numbers one through nine are usually spelled out (with some exceptions). Numbers 10 and higher use numerals.
- AMA: Numerals are used in most cases.
- APA: Add a period and a space between authors’ initials (Carpenter, B. B.).
- AMA: Omit commas and spaces between initials (Carpenter BB).
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