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Abbreviations  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.417
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Include only abbreviations used in the text being indexed (ie, if a text uses only an expanded form, eg, National Institutes of Health, but never the abbreviation, do not include “NIH” in the index).Abbreviations ... More

Alphabetization and Sorting  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.413
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Alphabetization in indexes begins with the first letter of the term, eg, G periodG phaseG proteinCommas precede letters in sorting order (examples from Thomas).cold, commoncold agglutinin disease Vibrio, ... More

Capitalization of Main Entries  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.416
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Although main entries have traditionally featured initial capitals to distinguish them from subentries, The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, recommends lowercase, except when the entry term would ... More

Consistency  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.414
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A text may not be consistent in style for particular terms, eg, italics or hyphens, but the index should be stylistically consistent. If no style predominates for a given term used throughout the text, ... More

Controlled Vocabulary Indexing  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.021.198
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In indexing journals offering broad coverage of general medicine and specialties and in indexing sets of periodicals issued by different publishers, indexers usually rely on the external authority of ... More

Cross-references  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.421
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Cross-references are valuable for terms that readers might seek in different alphabetic locations (last example from Thomas).cDNA. See under DNADNA dsDNA. See under DNAmtDNA. See under DNA DNA, 5, 300 ... More

Double-postings  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.423
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Listing the same citation under 2 or more entries, known as double-posting, is helpful when readers might be expected to look equally frequently in more than one place.benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) ... More

Generic Cross-references  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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/9780195176339.022.422
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General classes, and specific members of a class, may require generic cross-references, ie, a cross-reference to a group of entries rather than to specific entries by name. The following examples are ... More

Indented vs Run-in Style  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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

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2007
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2009
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10.1093/jama/9780195176339.022.419
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In indented style, main headings are followed by indented subheadings, each on its own line. In run-in style, subheadings appear continuously, not on separate lines, and are separated by commas.Indented:SARS ... More

Index Style  

Bruce McGregor and Harriet S. Meyer

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/9780195176339.021.195
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The style of terms in the index must be the same as the style in the text.Alphabetization in indexes begins with the first letter of the term, eg, G periodG phaseG proteinCommas precede letters in sorting ... More

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