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Format, Style, and Punctuation

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.258
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The format, style, and punctuation guidelines generally apply for SI reporting but also are used for reporting most values in conventional units.SI reporting style uses exponents rather than certain abbreviations, ... More

Exponents

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.547
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SI reporting style uses exponents rather than certain abbreviations, such as cu and sq. ...

Plurals

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.548
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The same symbol is used for single and multiple quantities. Unit symbols are not expressed in the plural form. ...

Subject-Verb Agreement

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.549
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Units of measure are treated as collective singular (not plural) nouns and require a singular verb.To control the patient’s fever, 500 mg of acetaminophen was [not were] administered at the time of admission ... More

Beginning of Sentence, Title, Subtitle

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.550
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A unit of measure that follows a number at the beginning of a sentence, title, or subtitle should not be abbreviated, even though the same unit of measure is abbreviated if it appears elsewhere in the ... More

Abbreviations

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.551
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Most units of measure are abbreviated when used with numerals or in a virgule construction. Certain units of measure should be spelled out at first mention, with the abbreviated form in parentheses. Thereafter, ... More

Punctuation

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.552
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Symbols or abbreviations of units of measure are not followed by a period, unless the symbol occurs at the end of a sentence.The patient’s weight was 80 kg [not 80 kg.] and had increased by 10%. ...

Hyphens

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

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2007
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2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.553
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A hyphen is used to join 2 spelled-out units of measure.pascal-secondA hyphen is used to join a unit of measure and the number associated with it when the combination is used as an adjective. (See Temporary ... More

Spacing

Phil B. Fontanarosa and Stacy Christiansen

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)

Print Publication Year: 
2007
Published Online: 
2009
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.554
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With the exception of the percent sign, the degree sign (for temperature and angles), and normal and molar solutions (see , Conventional Units and SI Units in JAMA and the Archives Journals, Solutions ... More

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