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
In January, APA added 3 new APA titles to PsycBOOKS®
In February, APA added 5 new titles to PsycBOOKS®, including a 2-volume handbook.
- Unifying Effective Psychotherapies, ©2018, by J. Scott Fraser. ISBN: 9781433828676
- Modern Parliamentary Procedure, ©2018, by Ray E. Keesey. ISBN: 9781433828652
- Gender Typing of Children’s Toys, ©2018, edited by Erica S. Weisgram and Lisa M. Dinella. ISBN: 9781433828867
- Assessment Using the Rorschach Inkblot Test, ©2018, by James P. Choca and Edward D. Rossini. ISBN: 9781433828812
- APA Handbook of Psychopathology, Volumes 1 & 2, ©2018, edited by James N. Butcher. ISBN: 9781433828348 ; 9781433828355
In March, APA added 4 new titles to PsycBOOKS®
- Concussion, ©2018, by Anthony P. Kontos, and Michael W. Collins. ISBN: 9781433828232
- Forensic Geropsychology, ©2018, by Shane S. Bush, and Andrew L. Heck. ISBN: 9781433828928
- Heroic Humility, ©2018, by Everett L. Worthington Jr., and Scott T. Allison. ISBN: 9781433828140
- Meaning in Life, ©2018, by Clara E. Hill. ISBN: 9781433828874
Bibliographic records are available through your PsycBOOKS vendor. You may also download RDA records directly from APA by following the instructions in the APA PsycNET® Administrator Help Menu.
View the past monthly PsycBOOKS update lists, a list of sample PsycBOOKS titles, and the full coverage list for PsycBOOKS.
The Tutorials on APA Databases page has been redesigned for easier use. It contains the same content, but the tutorials are now grouped in playlists by platform (APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest).
This page also contains the YouTube playlist for the Introduction to APA Databases that explains how to use our different databases and what you’ll find inside each one. This information is helpful for new users or anyone that could benefit from a refresher.
If you’re not yet familiar with this extensive library of video tutorials, we invite you to head on over and check it out! On the APA Databases site, look for the “Tutorials on APA Databases” link under the “Training & Technical Support” section in the right navigation pane.
Feel free to link to any of these playlists — or individual videos — in your library websites, LibGuides, course management systems, or other locations where students, faculty, and researchers will find them.
The APA Handbooks in Psychology series was launched in 2011 to provide comprehensive overviews and in-depth study of specific subfields within psychology. All of the Handbooks are included in the PsycBOOKS® database, and titles are also available individually.
The series currently contains 27 authoritative titles, including the 2014 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology.
The most recent addition to this series is the APA Handbook of Psychopathology, edited by James N. Butcher and published in February 2018.
This Handbook provides an overview of symptoms and classification of disorders, and discusses the history of psychopathology, behavioral genetics, cognitive research methodology, brain imaging, behavioral observation, personality assessment, and developments in social policy, government policy, and legal decisions. The handbook also addresses the considerable challenges produced by rapid progress in the field, including the evolution of diagnostic systems that define disorders.
The handbook is composed of two volumes:
Volume 1: Psychopathology: Understanding, Assessing and Treating Adult Mental Disorders
Volume 2: Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents.
Material on each disorder is presented with a focus upon significant facets: the clinical picture, wherein contributors describe the symptoms of the disorder and its associated features; factors involved in the development of the disorder; relationships or comorbidity with other disorders; different assessment and treatment approaches.
PsycCRITIQUES® was discontinued as of December 31, 2017.
The full PsycCRITIQUES archived database is now available to the public through the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron.
In addition, institutions that have an active subscription to Portico — a digital preservation and electronic archiving service —have access to an archived version of the database via their institutional agreement with Portico.
APA thanks all the psychologists who supported PsycCRITIQUES through their service as editors, associate editors, and review authors over the years.
If you have any questions about access to PsycCRITIQUES, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.