Overview

Reporting Quantitative Research in Psychology offers practical guidance for understanding and implementing Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) and Meta-Analysis Reporting Standards (MARS) for quantitative research.

These standards lay out the essential pieces of information researchers need to report, including detailed accounts of the methods they followed, data results and analysis, interpretations of their findings, and implications for future research.

This new edition reflects recent updates to the JARS and the MARS that meet developing needs in the behavioral, social, educational, and medical sciences.

Harris Cooper analyzes examples from APA journals, offering readers advice for implementing these revised standards in their own writing while also conforming with the APA Style guidelines in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

New and expanded chapters offer more detailed guidelines for reporting statistical analyses and unique elements of different types of research, including replication studies, clinical trials, and observational studies.

This book is essential reading for experienced and early career researchers alike, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in research methods classes.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

  1. Reporting Standards for Research in Psychology: Why Do We Need Them? What Might They Be?
  2. Setting the Stage: Title Page, Abstract, and Introduction
  3. Detailing What You Did: The Method Section
  4. Describing Your Research Design: Studies With and Without Experimental Manipulations
  5. Summarizing Your Data and Statistical Analyses: The Results Section
  6. Reporting Other Design Features: Longitudinal Studies, Replication Studies, Studies With One Subject, and Clinical Trials
  7. Interpreting Your Results: The Discussion Section
  8. Reporting Research Syntheses and Meta-Analyses
  9. How the Journal Article Reporting Standards and the Meta-Analysis Reporting Standards Came to Be and Can Be Used in the Future

Appendix. Abstracts of the 16 Articles Used as Examples in Text

References

Index

About the Author

Author Bio

Harris Cooper, PhD, is the Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.

He is the author of several books, including Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis: A Step-by-Step Approach; Ethical Choices in Research: Managing Data, Writing Reports, and Publishing Results in the Social Sciences; and Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Fields (second to Julian Meltzoff).

He is a former editor of the journals Psychological Bulletin and Archives of Scientific Psychology.

He served as chair of the psychology department at both Duke University and the University of Missouri–Columbia and as dean of the social sciences at Duke (2017–2018).