The APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (APA Style JARS) provide researchers in psychology with a structured guide to communicate important aspects of their research. Created by psychologists, the standards aim to enhance the quality of published research by promoting transparency and facilitating the assessment of rigor.
In January 2018, APA released an update to the standards, which now include guidance on reporting qualitative and mixed methods research as well as revised guidelines for quantitative research.
In early May, APA launched a brand-new companion website for APA Style JARS that provides tools for students, authors, reviewers, and editors, including:
- the latest news and frequently asked questions
- checklists to facilitate the reporting process
- an informational video
- training and tutorials
This companion site will help students, researchers, and educators throughout the research process, enabling authors to more thoroughly and accurately communicate their research, increasing opportunities for funding, collaboration, and replication. In addition, the website should make it easier for researchers to publish in APA journals, which in turn provides readers with information that is more accessible and easily understood.
APA Press Release – the New JARS
APA Press Release – New Website Guides Users of JARS
APA Style Blog – The Updated APA Style JARS
We are pleased to announce that Kaetrena Kendrick, Associate Librarian at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Medford Library, is the latest recipient of the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award. Kaetrena applied to help to defray the cost of attending the British Columbia Library Association 2018 annual conference scheduled for early May.
The British Columbia Library Association accepted two of Kaetrena’s presentations for the conference. One is titled, “The Low Morale Trajectory in Academic Librarianship” and centers on her original qualitative study on the development of and subsequent social, health, and career impacts of workplace abuse in academic libraries. Her second presentation, “Racial Climate and Inclusiveness in Academic Libraries: Perceptions on Welcomeness among Black North American College Students,” discusses the results of a study of acceptance levels perceived by students of color using libraries at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI’s).
In sharing her research results, Kaetrena hopes to improve the position of her comparative low-morale study, and also learn how to strategically apply her own and others’ useful research findings. She believes that it’s vitally important to contribute toward substantially improving librarians’ and students’ mental-health and well-being as they work in or use library spaces in this “uniquely tumultuous time in American history.”
The award selection committee would like to thank all those who took time to apply – librarians in a wide variety of institutions and positions. The applicant pool is always strong, and the committee encourages previous applicants to apply again when they are next in need of conference funding.
Now through July 31, 2018, the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award is accepting applications for conferences taking place from September to December 2018. Please see the website for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials.
Have you seen the new features and improvements in APA Style CENTRAL? Please join us for a tour of the recent platform updates!
Highlights of this 45-minute webinar include:
- A close review and demo of 5 major platform updates
- A quick look at several more updates
- Tips on how these updates can be most beneficial to you
- A question and answer session with our product development team
This session is intended for anyone who uses APA Style CENTRAL, including instructors, librarians, students, and researchers.
Use the links below to register for a session (all registrants will also receive a link to the webinar recording). NOTE: All times are Eastern Time.
Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this spring?
If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! Through July 31, 2018, we are accepting applications for conferences taking place from September – December 2018. This includes – but is not limited to – the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, the Charleston Library Conference, and Internet Librarian International.
The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS/MLIS. One cash award is distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.
Our next series of PsycINFO® webinars for students and faculty will run on May 2, 3, 4 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. EST. The sessions may be attended separately, but we encourage those who are interested to take all three, so we offer them on consecutive days:
We will provide information relevant to all search platforms including APA PsycNET®, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest. The platform demonstrated will be based on the needs of the attendees of each session. For more information on this series, including full descriptions, please visit our databases webinar training for students and faculty web page.
These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on PsycINFO if they have had a previous training session. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!