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AMA (11th ed.) Style Guide: Chapter in an Edited Book (1 author)

An introductory guide to creating end-of-paper references in accordance with the 11th edition of the AMA Manual of Style (2020).


BASIC COMPONENTS (Chapter in an Edited Book with 1 Author)

  • AUTHOR NAME [period]
  • TITLE OF CHAPTER [period]
  • In [colon] EDITOR NAME(S) [comma] ed/eds [period]
  • TITLE OF BOOK [period]
  • EDITION (if any) [period]
  • PUBLISHER NAME [semicolon]
  • PAGE NUMBER(S) [period]

For e-books, add the following:

  • DATE OF ACCESS [period]
  • URL




Last name first, followed by first initial and (if given) additional initials. End with a period. No blank space between initials.


Cooper T.
Berben SAA.
Gausche-Hill M.
de la Peña SK.



Capitalize the first letter of the first word of the title. All other words remain fully uncapitalized except for: 1) the first letter of proper nouns; 2) acronyms; 3) other miscellaneous circumstances. Do not enclose the full article title in quotation marks. Do not capitalize the first letter of the first word of a subtitle (unless it constitutes an exception).


Tumors of the musculoskeletal system.

Chaucer, Lydgate, and the half-heard nightingale.

Good morning! you're going to die.

A global network: ultra-Protestant societies throughout the British world.

The mouse, the moneybox, and the six-footed scurrying solecism: satire and riddles in Seneca's letters.



1 Editor

Begin with the word "In" followed by a colon. Last name first, followed by first initial and (if given) additional initials. Add a comma, followed by the abbreviation "ed" and a period. No blank space between initials. 


In: Warnakulasuriya S, ed.
In: Ong JM, ed.
In: Ganne-Carrie N, ed.
In: von Arx T, ed.

2 to 6 Editors

Begin with the word "In" followed by a colon. Last name first, followed by first initial and (if given) additional initials. Separate editors with a comma. Do not add the word "and" before the last editor name. Add a comma after the last editor name, followed by the abbreviation "eds" and a period.


In: Giacopuzzi S, Zanoni A, eds.
In: Tang ZY, Cuesta MA, Del Maschio A, eds.
In: Grasso M III, Traxer O, Hubosky MG, Bagley DH, eds.

In: Kurtycz DFI, Wojcik EM, Rosenthal DL, Pokorski M, Hagel C, eds.

In: Marin-Raventos G, Mishra DK, Jat DS, Nagar AK, Singh V, Gomes F, eds

7 or More Editors

List only the first three editors. Begin with the word "In" followed by a colon. Last name first, followed by first initial and (if given) additional initials. Separate editors with a comma. Do not add the word "and" before the third editor name. Add a comma and the phrase "et al" after the third editor, followed by a another comma. Add the abbreviation "eds" and a period.


In: Rossi A, Nehal K, Sendin-Martin M, et al, eds.

In: Echevarría RG, Pérez Sánchez GA, De la Guardia RM, et al, eds.

In: Wu T, Bu N, Liu AH, et al, eds.



Italicize the full title. Capitalize the first letter of major words. Articles, conjunctions, prepositions (3 or fewer letters), and the "to" in infinitives should all remain in lowercase. End with a period.


Everything I Know About Women I Learned From My Tractor.

How to Preserve Animal and Other Specimens in Clear Plastic.

Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics.

Electricity in Gynaecology: The Practical Uses of Electricity in Diseases of Women.

Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater From a Dog You Know and Love Than From a Sheep You'll Never Meet.


EDITION (if any)

Include edition information when given. Present numbers as ordinals--2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. Do not superscript the letters (2nd = wrong; 2nd = right). Add the abbreviation "ed" followed by a period.


7th ed.

21st ed.

Rev ed.

5th rev ed.

Updated ed.



Include the publisher's name as given on the title page, modifying it as follows:

  • Abbreviate corporate words (Company, Corporation, etc.). Do not add a period.
  • Remove the period from existing corporate abbreviations such as Co., Corp., Inc., Ltd.
  • Remove periods from initials.
  • Remove commas.
  • Remove the word "the" if it's the first word in the name.
  • Replace the word "and" with an ampersand (&).

Add a semicolon following the publisher's name.


Springer Pub. Co.    Springer Pub Co;

W.W. Norton & Company     WW Norton & Co;

Holt, Rinehart and Winston     Holt Rinehart & Winston;

Neil M. Davis Associates    Neil M Davis Associates;

The University of Chicago Press    University of Chicago Press;



The year of publication/copyright and page number(s) form an unbroken character string. Do not include blank spaces. Place a colon after the year and a period after the page number(s).






DATE OF ACCESS / URL (e-books only)

Include the word "Accessed" followed by the date of access (month day [comma] year) and a period. Do not abbreviate the month. Then add a stable URL for the book. Do not include a period after the URL.


Accessed September 14, 2016.

Accessed June 5, 2021.

Accessed February 29, 2020.


SAMPLE REFERENCES (Chapter in an Edited Book with 1 Author)

Hibiya J. Japanese in Japan: the national language and regional varieties. In: Maher JC, ed. Language Communities in JapanOxford University Press; 2022:31-42.

Rodrigues DR. Role of early life intestinal microbiota in modulating immunity in broiler chickens. In: Kogut MH, Zhang G, eds. Gut Microbiota, Immunity, and Health in Production Animals. Springer; 2022:225-242. Accessed March 15, 2005.

Sogi DS. Value-added processing and utilization of banana by-products. In: Siddiq M, Ahmed J, Lobo MG, eds. Handbook of Banana Production, Postharvest Science, Processing Technology, and Nutrition. John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2020:191-206.

Pal F. Ram was a prophet too: syncretism as a Hindu nationalist political strategy. In: Ahmed I, Ahmed ZS, Brasted H, Akbarzadeh S, eds. Religion, Extremism and Violence in South Asia. Palgrave Macmillan; 2022:101-120. Accessed January 12, 2023.

Matsas R. Genes controlling neural fate and differentiation. In: Filogamo G, Vernadakis A, Gremo F, Privat AM, Timiras PS, eds. Brain Plasticity: Development and AgingPlenum Press; 1997:3-18.

Massa-Esteve MR. The role of the history of mathematics in teacher training using ICT. In: Bruneau O, Grapí P, Heering P, Laubé S, Massa-Esteve MR, de Vittori T, eds. Innovative Methods for Science Education: History of Science, ICT and Inquiry Based Science Teaching. Frank & Timme; 2012:81-108.

Surani MA. Genomic reprogramming. In: Lanza R, Gearhart J, Hogan B, et al, eds. Essentials of Stem Cell Biology. 2nd ed. Academic Press; 2009:437-442.