Open Science at APA

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APA Supports Openness and Rigor in Psychological Science

The APA Journals Program is committed to publishing transparent, rigorous research; improving reproducibility in science; and aiding research discovery.

We offer a range of resources to support our authors and advance open-science practices in psychological science.

Also see the Open Access for APA Journals Authors page.

APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (APA Style JARS)

APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (APA Style JARS) provide researchers in psychology with a structured guide to communicate important aspects of their research. Created by psychologists, the standards aim to enhance the quality of published research by promoting transparency and facilitating the assessment of rigor.

Read about the APA Style JARS and explore our interactive author tools on the APA Style JARS website.

Data Sharing

As APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs has emphasized, sharing research data promotes scientific progress, allowing replication, reanalysis, and generalizability testing. Sharing data publicly allows for broader use by investigators all over the world. 

APA has now made it easy to share your data publicly by offering our own repository, in partnership with the Center for Open Science.

Replications

Replication studies build on previously published science, and many APA Journals are leading the way in publishing them.

For example, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology encourages submissions of direct replications either for stand-alone publications or as part of a larger project, looking not at novelty but at the theoretical importance of the finding being replicated and the statistical power of the replication study.

Behavioral Neuroscience has announced three new categories of articles last year: replications, registered reports, and null results

And the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General publishes replications online and lists recent published replications on the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General Replication Articles page.

Registered Trials and Preregistered Studies

Clinical trial registration can help ensure transparency in reporting results, as well as making research open to the public and available to those who want to build on it.

Health Psychology requires registration of clinical trials published in its pages and encourages authors to make their protocols publicly available.

Preregistration, or publicly noting research questions and analysis plans before undertaking a study, is another way of ensuring rigor and transparency — and can help distinguish between confirmatory and exploratory research.

Several APA journals offer badges recognizing preregistration of studies and/or analysis plans, and researchers may enter the Center for Open Science’s Preregistration Challenge to earn $1,000 for publishing a preregistered study.

Preprints

Knowing that many researchers must make results publicly available quickly, APA Journals has designated PsyArXiv as the preferred preprint server for APA journals.

This archive of psychological research allows researchers to post documents like working papers, unpublished work, and preprints, or articles under review, making them freely available to other researchers and to the public.

Open-Science Badges

Partnering with the Center for Open Science, many APA journals now offer open-science badges to recognize open-science practices. Authors who share their data or materials publicly, or who preregister their studies or analysis plans, may apply for one or more badges.

The following journals are now offering open-science badges:

Public Significance Statements

APA is committed to bringing research to the public.

Along with article abstracts, many APA journals publish public significance statements summarizing the significance of a study's findings for all interested readers.

Read more on the Guidance for Translational Abstracts and Public Significance Statements page.