Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS)
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
- Qualitative Design Reporting Standards (JARS-Qual) (PDF, 141KB)
Information recommended for inclusion in manuscripts that report new data collections
- Qualitative Meta-Analysis Reporting Standards (PDF, 119KB)
Information recommended for inclusion in manuscripts that report qualitative meta-analyses
For more information on how these standards were created, read Journal Article Reporting Standards for Qualitative Primary, Qualitative Meta-Analytic, and Mixed Methods Research in Psychology.
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