Instructions on format for AMA are not explicitly stated in the AMA Manual of Style. Use the following guidelines as a rough estimate only, and seek your professor's expertise or refer to the assignment description for more concrete support.
Titles should be concise, specific, and informative.
For more information see the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition, section 2.1.
The title page is the first page of your paper. The title page consists of:
Student papers do not require an abstract or keywords unless requested by the professor.
For publication, print or PDF pages carry the bibliographic information for the article. Successive pages may also include a shortened version of the article title.
Bibliographic Information on First Page: JAMA Neurol. 2014:71(8)961-970. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.803
Published online June 2, 2014.
Running Foot on Successive Pages: JAMA Neurology August 2014 Volume 71, Number 8
For more information see the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition, section 2.4
The abstract of a research report summarizes the main points of an article:
For more information see the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition, section 2.5
The body of the paper contains your main ideas. Most papers include an introduction, the main content, and a conclusion.
To set up the main body of the paper:
Start a new page after the title page.
On the first line, write the title of the paper in bold. Center the title and use title case (capitalize all proper nouns).
The text should be left-aligned and double spaced.
Indent each paragraph by pressing the "tab" button when you start the first sentence.
NOTE: Some instructors require headings for sections of a paper.
References credit the work of other authors and direct readers to additional resources.
To format the reference page:
Center the word References in bold at the top of the page.
Place your references in alphabetical order.
Select all of the references and set them to be double spaced and have a hanging indent.
For more information see the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition, section 3.0.