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April 2, 1982

Manual for Authors and Editors: Editorial Style and Manuscript Preparation

JAMA. 1982;247(13):1878. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320380070043

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Manuscript editors working on as many journals as are published by the American Medical Association must come to hundreds of decisions every day on proper use of abbreviations and symbols, correct punctuation, clear structure of tables, and other aspects of publication style. The AMA wants uniformity in style among its journals, and this uniformity can come only from adherence to the same rules.

This Manual provides those rules, in 110 of its 184 pages, and shows how they are applied, with examples drawn mostly from medical and other scientific texts. Aspects of style covered include abbreviations and symbols, accents and diacritic marks, capitalization, Greek letters, mathematical and statistical expressions, nomenclature, numbers, plural terms, punctuation, units of measure, word choice, special uses of typefaces, and formats for main structural units of papers (title, authorship statement, footnotes and annotations, tables, legends, and references).

The opening 31 pages touch—lightly and, for the most