E-mail and E-mail List (Listserve) Messages
3.15.9 E-mail and E-mail List (Listserve) Messages
References to e-mail and e-mail list messages, like those to other forms of personal communications (see also 3.13.8, Special Print Materials, Unpublished Material), should be listed parenthetically in the text rather than in the reference list and should include the name and highest academic degree(s) of the person who sent the message and the date the message was sent. Note: As with all personal communications, permission should be obtained from the author.
An example of an e-mail citation, appearing in running text, is given below:
There have been no subsequent reports of toxic reactions in the exposed groups (Joan Smith, MD, e-mail communication, March 29, 2004).
An e-mail list (listserve) message cited in running text would be cited as in the example below:
The Editorial Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) is preparing a statement on government embargoes and scientific exchange (Margaret A. Winker, MD, WAME listserve, February 25, 2004).
An e-mail (listserve) thread cited in running text would be cited as in the example below:
How authors learn writing skills. WAME listserve discussion. October 19–22, 2005. http://www.wame.org/resources/wame-listserve-discussions/how-authors-learn-writing-skills/. Accessed February 15, 2006.