APA RELEASES NEW JOURNAL ARTICLE REPORTING STANDARDS

As part of its promotion of greater transparency and the assessment of rigor in psychological science, the American Psychological Association has released new Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for researchers seeking to publish in scholarly journals.

One set of standards applies to quantitative research and is an expansion of standards first issued in 2008. This set focuses on enhancing reproducibility. The second set applies to qualitative research and is new, created in response to the increasing application of these methodologies. These standards aim to enhance the assessment of methodological integrity. Both are available via open access.

“The growth of qualitative methods in psychology is impressive, and important,” according to Anne E. Kazak, Ph.D., editor of APA flagship journal, American Psychologist®, which published the standards in its January issue. She cited a dramatic increase in the number of articles with the word “qualitative” in the title or as a keyword in APA’s PsycNET database, which includes PsycINFO.  Continue reading.

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