Q: I thought AMA supported putting no space following a symbol such as > (eg, age <18) if, in the expression, the symbol is acting more as a modifier, not as an operator (eg, 3 < 4), in which case the symbol would have a space (AMA specifies a thin space). If I’m mistaken, I need to make a mental adjustment.
A: This is addressed in section 21.10. We recommend thin spaces with such symbols as greater than, less than, equals, etc. So, a small mental adjustment might be needed as we make no distinction between the 2 uses you describe.
Q: Is it true that AMA style no longer requires an expansion of CI (confidence interval) at first mention?
A: Yes, it’s true. As of July 27, 2011, as announced on Twitter, we are no longer requiring that CI be expanded at first mention. This is posted on the style manual Web site in “Updates to the Manual” and soon will have a special icon within the text to indicate that this material has been updated.
Q: Does AMA have a preferred format for telephone numbers? How about international numbers?
A: The manual does not address this question specifically (and perhaps it should). However, if you look in section 25.11, you will see many examples (both from the United States and elsewhere) for presentation of telephone numbers.—Cheryl Iverson, MA