CITE IT RIGHT: Citing Unpublished Materials and Online Conferences or Presentations

This is the ninth in a series of blog posts about AMA style, which is designed to impart the basic rules for AMA citation style for different types of sources. This week our focus is the different AMA styles for citing unpublished materials and online conferences or presentations. To learn more about AMA style and this blog series, please see the first post.

Citing Unpublished Materials

At meetings, oral or poster presentations:

Format:

Author(s) (Last name, first and middle initials). Title of paper.  Paper presented at: Name of meeting; Date (Month, Year); Location (City, State or City, Country).

Example:

American Academy of Physical Education. Exercise and health: Fifty-fourth Annual Meeting. Paper presented at: 54th American Academy of Physical Education Meeting; April 6-7, 1983; Minneapolis, Minnesota.*

*(This work has since been published but this is how it would have been cited in 1983 before it was published.)

Accepted by Publisher but not yet published:

Format:

For journal articles:

Author(s) (Last name, first and middle initials). Title. Journal Name. In press.

or for books:

Author(s) (Last name, first and middle initials). Title. Location of publication: publisher. In press.

Example:

Hoffman RJ, Wang VJ, Scarfone R.  Fleisher & Ludwig’s 5-minute pediatric emergency medicine consult. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. In press.

*(This work has since been published but this is how it would have been cited before it was published.)

See AMA Manual of Style for further details and examples.

Citing Online Conferences and Presentations

These are similar to above unpublished materials “presented at” references plus the URL and Accessed date:

Format:

Author(s) (Last name, first and middle initials). Title of paper.  Paper presented at: Name of meeting; Date (Month, Year); Location (City, State or City, Country). URL. Accessed date.

Example:

Beckerman B, Alley G.  Image informatics and analytics in biomedicine. Paper presented at: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Conference; March 15-17, 2011; Knoxville, Tennessee. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5783452. Accessed October 13, 2011.

See AMA Manual of Style for further details and examples.

Check this blog post next week for the correct AMA citation style for software or software manuals, databases and legal references.

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2 Responses to “CITE IT RIGHT: Citing Unpublished Materials and Online Conferences or Presentations”

  1. karen spada says:

    I am completing my doctorate and was recently asked to change my journal for publication. I am “used” to a software program that adds the citations. I cannot find such a product for AMA style….does one exist? If so, how do I buy it?
    Thank you, Karen Spada, Doctoral candidate, U of Alabama

  2. Biomedical Library says:

    Karen,
    Both EndNote (http://www.endnote.com) and EndNoteWeb (http://www.myendnoteweb.com) have an output style for AMA style. Your institution may or may not provide free access to EndNoteWeb. UAB appears to subscribe to RefWorks, which is a similar product. Their help information for RefWorks can be found at: http://www.lib.ua.edu/sites/default/files/RefWorksQuickGuide.doc .

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