Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The format and style of reporting in medical journals are a product of the latter half of the 20th century. It was only in 1962 that the 68-page first edition of the AMA style manual appeared and only 20 years ago that the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ("Vancouver Group") promulgated its first five-page statement, impelled by the need to standardize reference citations.
The ninth edition of the American Medical Association Manual of Style is a bulky 660 pages, and the current recommendations of the Vancouver Group have nearly quintupled.1 In 1978 only 19 medical journals had signed on to the group's Uniform Requirements. Today, they are the commonest reference in the information for authors section of virtually all medical journals with the AMA style manual a frequent second.
StyleAmerican Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. JAMA. 1998;279(21):1752–1753. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1752-JBK0603-3-1