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
Today we’d like to highlight one of our APA Style CENTRAL® handouts, “Research Lab Book: Develop My Research Idea” (PDF, 599K). Please feel free to link to this handout where students, faculty, and researchers will find it!
APA Style CENTRAL’s Research Lab Book is a suite of tools to help you plan and document your research process. Develop My Research Idea guides you through developing a research idea that is neither too broad nor too narrow. Appropriate for use with original research or a literature review, this 5-step approach walks you through a structured framework for brainstorming your interests, identifying a specific topic, developing a research question, elaborating on the details of that question, and clarifying your expectations about the outcome of your research.
When you’re done, you’ll be ready to search for relevant literature and begin considering your study design.
Undergraduates and others who can benefit from a more structured way of formulating a research topic will find this tool helpful.
Faculty and writing instructors can also use these steps individually or in combination as Continue reading
APA’s training specialists have developed several webinars for librarians, instructors, and students that include a content overview and a live demonstration of features.
Click on any session link to register (all times are EDT).
APA Style CENTRAL Online Introduction introduces librarians, faculty, and students to the platform:
Teaching with APA Style CENTRAL details how faculty, librarians, and other instructors can use APA Style CENTRAL in teaching APA Style:
Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL teaches end users how to create and save papers using APA Style CENTRAL:
For more information, including the full training schedule, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.
When you start writing a paper in APA Style CENTRAL®, you choose a template and then choose either the Student assignment or Professional manuscript version. The difference is that the Professional version includes three additional paper sections – an Author Note, an Abstract, and Keywords.
You can add these fields to a paper that was started using the Student template.
Click on the Customize Paper Sections on the upper right, and then select to Include Author Note, Abstract, and/or Keywords.
The Abstract and Keywords will be added as sections ahead of the Body on the left side, and Author Note will be added as a section within the Title Page.
If you have started a paper in the Professional template, and don’t want to use these fields, just leave them blank.
While working on a research paper in APA Style CENTRAL®, you may want to add as a reference a video within the Learning Center.
The best way to add APA Style CENTRAL content to My References is to select the Create tab within Add References.
From there, you can choose the reference type that best fits, such as Streaming and other online video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), in the Audiovisual Media tab.