HSCO 506: JAR Template

Click to download the Journal Article Review Template:  MS Word


 Running head: SHORT TITLE OF PAPER (<= 50 CHARACTERS)                                                                                 1







[Title of Paper]

[Your Name]

Liberty University Online


[Please read the APA Manual pp. 23-25].    Also, see:  APA Sample Paper


Your title page must include the running head, title of your paper, your name, and the name of your university.  The running head (the short title of your paper that appears in the header) is to be an abbreviation of your title and is to be less than 50 characters long (ALL CAPITALS). 


Note:  the actual words “Running head” only appear on the Title page, and not on subsequent pages.  To enter your running head, just double click on the header section above.  Replace the text highlighted in yellow with your running head, and then delete the text in red.  Then double click the main body of this page to exit the header section. 


Next, go to page two of this template and double click on the header.  Replace the text highlighted in yellow with your running head.  The running head will then be automatically replaced on all subsequent pages.  Double click on the text body to complete the change.


Next, enter (and replace) the additional information required on this page (highlighted in yellow) with your own information.  (See page 41 of the APA manual to have a look at a sample paper.)


This template is formatted according to APA Style guidelines, with one inch top, bottom, left, and right margins; Times New Roman font in 12 point; double-spaced; aligned flush left; and paragraphs indented 5-7 spaces.  The page number appears one inch from the right edge on the first line of each page.  


You can use this template to help you develop your journal article review. 


[The font size used for these comments (in red) is smaller to fit more information on each page.]


SHORT TITLE OF PAPER                                                                                              2                         

[Title of Paper]


Type the title of your paper again at the top of this page.  Normally, you would follow the title with an introduction to your paper.  You do not need to do an introduction for this journal article review.

In the Summary section, develop a 1-page summary of the article in your own words.  Do not copy and paste from the journal article—this is plagiarism!  Provide a brief description of the topic under consideration in the article.  If the article describes a research study, include brief statements about the hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and implications.  If any test measures or statistical methods used are given in the article, do not provide detailed descriptions of these.  Short direct quotations from the article are acceptable, but they may not be more than 1–2 sentences each and must be properly cited.  This section is the foundation of your Journal Article Review (at least a third of your paper).  Make sure you include the core points from the article, even if it means a longer section.  

Do not reference any additional articles in your summary.  Remove the information in red after you have read it.

SHORT TITLE OF PAPER                                                                                                3    


In your own words, reflect (in one page) on the article.  Appropriate comments for this part of the paper could include, but are not limited to:

·         Your initial response to the article,

·         Comments (in your own words) regarding the study's design or methodology (if any),

·         Insights you gained from reading the article,

·         Your reasons for being interested in this particular article,

·         Any other readings that you may plan to do based upon having read the article,

·         Other thoughts you have that might further enhance the discussion of your article.  


This section should constitute approximately a third of your Journal Article Review.  Again, do not reference any other article.  Remove this message in red after you have read it.


        In the final section, show how the information you have learned from your article can be applied to an actual counseling situation/scenario.  The counseling scenario can be based on a real life experience or on a hypothetical clinical situation.  When applying knowledge from your article to your counseling scenario, be specific and don’t just generalize.  Utilize citations where appropriate.  This section should be a minimum of one page. 


SHORT TITLE OF PAPER                                                                                                4   


       For the journal article review, you will only need to provide the reference for the article you are reviewing.  However, I am providing instructions on how to enter references into Microsoft Word’s (2010) “References.”  For examples of references that have been formatted, please see the bibliography that was prepared for this course.