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Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS)

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Qualitative Research Design (JARS–Qual)

The JARS–Qual guidelines developed in 2018 mark the first time APA Style has included qualitative standards. They outline what should be reported in qualitative research manuscripts to make the review process easier.

The seventh edition of the Publication Manual also includes content on qualitative studies, including standards for journal article reporting, considerations for sharing qualitative data, and a description of case studies as a type of qualitative article.

JARS–Qual includes guidelines for manuscripts that report

  • Primary qualitative research
  • Qualitative meta-analyses


To be used for all qualitative studies

Date created: May 2018