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, published in early 2007, 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.
JAMA and the Archives Journals, one of the most respected groups of medical publications in the world, have lent their expert staff of professional journal editors, half of whom are physicians, to the committee that has produced this edition. Extensively peer-reviewed, the forthcoming 10th edition
will provide 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.
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.