The Research Catalogue (RC) is a research database and the backbone of JAR. The RC is a searchable database for archiving artistic research online. RC content is not peer reviewed other than when published by a Journal, nor is it highly controlled for quality, being checked only for appropriateness. As a result, the RC as a platform for research is highly inclusive.

The open source status of the RC is essential to its nature and serves its function as a connective and transitional layer between academic discourse and artistic practice, thereby constituting a discursive field for artistic research.

The RC creates a link between

 (1) elaborated documentation of the work; and

 (2) expositions and comments that engage with the contribution of the work as research.

 Given that the RC is a site for artistic research, to add a work is to make a claim that the work can be seen as research; through expositions, comments and articles the initial claim is transformed into an argument. It is believed that the reflective space provided by the RC can become an essential part of the research process by providing a suitable structure in which to develop the relationship between documentation and exposition, whilst also retaining congruence with art itself.

 The Research Catalogue is provided by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR).