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Levels of Headings.  

Cheryl Iverson

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edn)

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Feb 2020
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Feb 2020
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10.1093/jama/9780190246556.003.0002.022.0033
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A consistent style or typeface should be used for each level of heading throughout a manuscript so that the reader may visually distinguish between primary and secondary headings. The styles used for the various levels of headings will vary from publisher to publisher, from publication to publication, and in print and online versions, even within the same publishing house. They may also vary within a single publication, from one category of article to another (...

Number of Headings.  

Cheryl Iverson

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edn)

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Feb 2020
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10.1093/jama/9780190246556.003.0002.022.0034
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There is no requisite number of headings. However, because headings are meant to divide a primary part into secondary parts, and so on, there should usually be a minimum of 2. Exceptions may be made in specific cases, such as the inclusion of a single subheading, such as Limitations or Conclusions, under the main heading Discussion....

Parts of a Manuscript, Headings, Subheadings, and Side Headings.  

Cheryl Iverson

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
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Feb 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780190246556.003.0002.021.0040
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A consistent pattern of organization and a logical hierarchy for all headings should be used for original research articles (see 19.1, The Manuscript: Presenting Study Design, Rationale, and Statistical Analysis). Many research articles follow the IMRAD pattern (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion). However, not all articles will conform to a single pattern format, and section headings vary with the type of article (...

Some Cautions About Headings.  

Cheryl Iverson

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edn)

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Feb 2020
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Feb 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780190246556.003.0002.022.0035
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■ Use a single abbreviation as a heading judiciously. If the abbreviation has been introduced earlier, it may be used as a heading. Avoid use of an abbreviation as a heading if it might be misread as a word (eg, AHA) (see 13.11, Clinical, Technical, and Other Common Terms)....

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