Should I cite a social media post?
The AMA recommends finding information elsewhere if possible. If it is unavailable in another citeable format, citing social media is acceptable.
What guidelines should I follow when posting about scientific content on social media?
NOTE: These are examples of acceptable citations for social media. In some, the whole post is given, including attached URLs. In others, only the title is used. Use your best judgment to determine which is appropriate.
User Name/Organizational page name. Post description. Date accessed. Post URL
Example: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Facebook page. #RotatorCuff tears are among the most common shoulder injuries, particularly in individuals who engage in activities that require repetitive arm motions. Discover the possible treatment options for a torn rotator cuff: https://mayocl.in/2H6AR3P. Accessed March 4, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/mayoclinicsportsmedicine
Twitter handle. Text of Tweet. Date posted. Date accessed. URL of Tweet
Example: @AMAManual. In the 11th edition: More examples of references in scientific publications, including newer sources such as trial registries, data repositories, preprints, and social media. Posted November 1, 2019. Accessed November 2, 2019. https://twitter.com/AMAManual/status/1190283198544203776
Username YouTube page. Title of video [if specific video]. Date posted [if specific video]. Date Accessed. URL [of video or page]
Example: Khan Academy health and medicine YouTube page. Accessed February 10, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademymedicine
Author Last Name, First Initial. Title of post. Title of blog. Date posted. Date accessed. URL of post
Example: Orellana J. Resources for references. AMA Style Insider blog. Posted October 25, 2019. Accessed November 2, 2019. https://amastyleinsider.com/2019/10/25/resources-for-references/