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Psychology: Writing in Psychology

Journal Article Reporting Standards

What are JARS?
"APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (APA Style JARS) are a set of guidelines designed for journal authors, reviewers, and editors to enhance scientific rigor in peer-reviewed journal articles. Educators and students can use APA Style JARS as teaching and learning tools for conducting high quality research and determining what information to report in scholarly papers" (

The guidelines include information on what should be included in all manuscript sections for:

  • Quantitative research (JARS–Quant)
  • Qualitative research (JARS–Qual)
  • Mixed methods research (JARS–Mixed)

For more information about Journal Article Reporting Standards, consult the comprehensive JARS section on the APA Style site.

Writing in Psychology

Here are some titles from the University Library that may be useful to you if you require some assistance with psychological writing.

Writing Help

The Writing Centre provides free, one-to-one help at any stage of the writing process, both online and in person.

The Writing Centre's help guide provides a wealth of writing resources for students (including information about tutoring and workshops) and teaching resources for faculty.

Be sure to check out writing workshops geared to undergrads and grad students (all are welcome at either level).  Attend a live workshop or watch a workshop recording on your own time.

Writing a Journal Critique / Review

You may be asked to critically review psychological research for your psychology assignments.

The books on this guide may include information on formatting and writing such a critique. These guides can also help: