The following sample figures illustrate how to set up figures in APA Style. Note that any kind of visual display that is not a table is considered a figure.
There many ways to make a figure, and the samples shown on this page represent only some of the possibilities. The samples show the following options:
- The sample bar graph and the sample line graph show how to use color in combination with pattern and shape to make an attractive and accessible figure.
- The sample line graph shows how to include a copyright attribution in a figure note when you have reprinted or adapted a copyrighted figure from a scholarly work such as a journal article (the format of the copyright attribution will vary depending on the source of the figure).
- The CONSORT flowchart demonstrates how to describe the flow of participants through a study. Further information and a template for the flowchart are available on the CONSORT website.
- The sample map shows how to include a copyright attribution in a figure note when you have reprinted or adapted a figure from a work in the public domain (in the example, U.S. Census Bureau data).
Use the following links to go directly to the sample figures:
- Sample bar graph
- Sample line graph
- Sample CONSORT flowchart
- Sample path model
- Sample qualitative research figure
- Sample mixed methods research figure
- Sample illustration of experimental stimuli
- Sample map
These sample figures are also available as a downloadable Word file (DOCX, 37KB). For more sample figures, see the Publication Manual as well as published articles in your field.
Sample bar graph
Framing Scores for Different Reward Sizes
Note. Framing scores of adolescents and young adults are shown for low and high risks and for small, medium, and large rewards (error bars show standard errors).
Sample line graph
Mean Regression Slopes in Experiment 1
Note. Mean regression slopes in Experiment 1 are shown for the stereo motion, biocularly viewed monocular motion, combined, and monocularly viewed monocular motion conditions, plotted by rotation amount. Error bars represent standard errors. From “Large Continuous Perspective Change With Noncoplanar Points Enables Accurate Slant Perception,” by X. M. Wang, M. Lind, and G. P. Bingham, 2018, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(10), p. 1513 (https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000553). Copyright 2018 by the American Psychological Association.
Sample path model
Path Analysis Model of Associations Between ASMC and Body-Related Constructs
Note. The path analysis shows associations between ASMC and endogenous body-related variables (body esteem, body comparison, and body surveillance), controlling for time spent on social media. Coefficients presented are standardized linear regression coefficients.
***p < .001.
Sample qualitative research figure
Organizational Framework for Racial Microaggressions in the Workplace
Sample mixed methods research figure
A Multistage Paradigm for Integrative Mixed Methods Research
Sample illustration of experimental stimuli
Examples of Stimuli Used in Experiment 1
Note. Stimuli were computer-generated cartoon bees that varied on four binary dimensions, for a total of 16 unique stimuli. They had two or six legs, a striped or spotted body, single or double wings, and antennae or no antennae. The two stimuli shown here demonstrate the use of opposite values on all four binary dimensions.
Poverty Rate in the United States, 2017
Note. The map does not include data for Puerto Rico. Adapted from 2017 Poverty Rate in the United States, by U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 (https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2018/comm/acs-poverty-map.html). In the public domain.