In July 2021, the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (APA Style Jars) were added to the Equator (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network. The Equator Network “is an ‘umbrella’ organisation that brings together researchers, medical journal editors, peer reviewers, developers of reporting guidelines, research funding bodies and other collaborators with mutual interest in improving the quality of research publications and of research itself” (Equator Network, n.d., para. 1). The network aims to promote accuracy and quality in reporting of research.
APA Style Jars are a set of guidelines for information to include in papers reporting empirical research. There are Jars for quantitative research (Jars–Quant), qualitative research (Jars–Qual), and mixed methods research (Jars–Mixed).
APA Style Jars are now part of this international initiative that includes other sets of guidelines like Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments (Arrive), Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (Consort), and Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (Strobe) as a step toward promoting transparency in research and enhancing methodological rigor. The APA Style Jars pages on the Equator Network’s website provide information on study designs, links to the full text of the open access articles on APA Style Jars, and links to printable materials, including tables, flowcharts, and checklists.
The Equator pages are as follows:
- Quantitative research (Jars–Quant): Journal article reporting standards for quantitative research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report
- Qualitative and mixed methods research (Jars–Qual and Jars-Mixed): Journal article reporting standards for qualitative primary, qualitative meta-analytic, and mixed methods research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report