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AMA Style: The Basics for Pharmacy Writing: Online Journal Article (DOI)

Format and Example - Online Journal Article (DOI)

Note: When the DOI is given for a journal article, AMA style prefers that the DOI is cited instead of the URL. Do not cite both.

Author(s). Article title. Abbreviated Journal Name. Year;volume(issue):pages. doi: (no period after the DOI)


  1. Fischer MA, Stedman MS, Lii J, et al. Primary medication non-adherence: analysis of 195,930 electronic prescriptions. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25(4):284–290. doi:10.1007/s11606-010-1253-9


Note: Some articles have an 'article number' or 'e-locator' instead of page numbers 1-XX.  For these articles, include the article number or e-locator in the citation where the page numbers would have been added. 

This image depicts where the article number or e-locator can be found:

Where to find article number in article's record; it is to the left of the DOI.

Example (where 111 is the article number and no page numbers were available):

  1. Kirton SB, Kravitz L.  Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) compared with traditional assessment methods.  Am J Pharm Educ. 2011;75(6):111. doi:10.5688/ajpe756111