The AMA Manual of Style does not have specific font type or size requirements for publications. They do recommend including authors’ complete names on the title page, following the title. They also recommend putting author information in footnotes on the title page. Individual journals or assignments may have their own requirements.
Titles should be concise, specific, and informative. Publishers or assignments may have specific title requirements. Avoid cute or overly generic titles. A good rule of thumb is to include these key terms in order:
Example: Effect of Behavioral Interventions (1) on Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing (2) Among Primary Care Practices (3): A Randomized Clinical Trial (4)
Subtitles should be useful in expanding on the title. The title should be able to stand on its own and the subtitle is meant to complement it without including too much detail. Subtitles may also contain the type of study performed or the name of the group responsible for the study.
Complete names of all authors should be included on the title page following the title or as the publisher or assignment specifies. Authors' names should be consistent in all forms of the text. The order of the authors should be determined by the following criteria:
Author footnotes should be included on the title page or as specified by your publisher/assignment. Include these in order:
If there is a group author, you may separately identify and tag members of the group who were authors, non-author collaborators, and other members of the group.
An abstract summarizes the main points of an article and it is meant to stand alone to represent the article. In many databases, the abstract is searched for keywords and the full text of the article isn't. If someone doesn't have access to the full text of an article, they will judge whether to purchase access (or request through Inter-Library Loan) by the abstract. Abstracts are usually 350 words or less, but publishers or assignments may have other requirements. There are two types of abstracts, structured and unstructured. An unstructured abstract is a paragraph without section headings. More information on structured abstracts can be found below.
Some publications or assignments may require keywords.
An abstract with section headings. Different kinds of papers require different headings, but they should always match the text of the article. If your article doesn't have the section in the text, exclude it from the abstract.
Report of Original Data (including Systematic Review with Meta-Analyses)
Systematic Review without Meta-Analysis
The body of your paper will be divided into sections called headings. You can also have sub-headings within these sections. While the AMA Style Guide does not give specific font style or size, it recommends being consistent throughout the paper.
States the main focus of the paper, why it is important or significant, and gives relevant background information
Outlines the steps taken in performing the research described in the paper in such a way that it can be replicated
The data, qualitative or quantitative, that was produced during the research of this paper
An interpretation of the results and how they relate to the main focus of the paper and other similar studies
The article should end with a clear conclusion that does not go beyond the findings and a statement of relevance.
References should be included after the body of your paper. They should start on their own page with number 1 and match the order of citations in the text.