New APA and AMA styles embrace the DOI

doiNeed to pull an article based on a citation that has a DOI instead of a standard web address? Use or

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a more stable identifier than the web address (URL). You may have noticied them in journals before, but expect to see them in citations now that the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) recommend their use in their style guides.

Here’s a citation based on the APA’s new recommendations. The DOI is the final element (retrieval date is no longer required by APA when a document is unlikely to change such as a journal article):

Neely, J. G., Paniello, R. C., Fraley, P. L., Salcman, J. T., Karni, R. J., Nussenbaum, B.,  et al. (2007). Practical guide when searching for answers: How to find the right articles. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 137, 5-9. 10.1016/j.otohns.2007.04.018.

And the same citation in AMA style (accessed date, required by AMA when using the URL, is not required when using the DOI):

Neely JG, Paniello RC, Fraley PL, et al. Practical guide when searching for answers: How to find the right articles. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;137:5-9. doi:10.1016/j.otohns.2007.04.018.

To find the content from citations like these go to and enter the DOI, in this case 10.1016/j.otohns.2007.04.018. (If you’re off campus use the orange “login to JEFFLINE” button JEFFLINE Login to first authenticate your browser session with Jefferson’s proxy server to take advantage of Scott Library’s extensive collection of journal subscriptions.)

If you need to find a DOI when writing a citation use CrossRef’s lookup tools: structured or free text. If the document you’re citing doesn’t have a DOI, use the URL.

The new 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style is available in the Reference area.

  AMA Manual of Style

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AMA manual of style : a guide for authors and editors
Iverson, Cheryl.

2 Responses to “New APA and AMA styles embrace the DOI”

  1. Gar says:

    RefWorks now includes an output style for AMA 10th edition: