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Ethical and Legal Guidance in Biomedical Publishing: The AMA Manual of Style, Tenth Edition

Stacy L. Christiansen, MA
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*From JAMA, Chicago, IL.

Correspondence to: Stacy L. Christiansen, MA, Director, Manuscript Editing, JAMA, 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654; e-mail: stacy.christiansen@jama-archives.org


Editor's Note: As stated by Stacy Christiansen, the “AMA Manual of Style, tenth edition” is deserving of the praise that it is “the bible” of how to create and edit scientific publications. As such, we recommend that it be read and frequently referred to by all who write, review, and edit scientific information. In this Medical Writing Tip of the Month, Christiansen focuses on the chapter on Ethical and Legal Considerations. We encouraged her to do so because we will be requiring authors to adhere to all of the updates discussed beginning February 1, 2009, with all new submissions. These requirements will be incorporated into our Instructions to Authors.

Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, Editor in Chief.

Ms. Christiansen is a coauthor of the tenth edition of the AMA Manual of Style. This article was written during regular employment at JAMA and was not otherwise funded.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2008;134(6):1344-1346. doi:10.1378/chest.08-1165
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The AMA Manual of Style is the bible of style and presentation for JAMA and its sister publications, the Archives specialty journals. The Manual is used not only by JAMA editorial and production staff but also by research authors, medical writers, editors, proofreaders, and many others involved in the creation and editing of scientific publications. The book was born in 1962 and has grown from a small in-house document (68 pages) to the newly released tenth edition, weighing in at 1,010 pages.1

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