January 3, 2011

American Psychological Association’s PsycINFO® Database Surpasses 3 Million Records

This achievement is the result of over 8 decades of detailed abstracting and indexing in psychology and its related disciplines

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association (APA) announces the indexing of the 3 millionth record in their PsycINFO® database. This achievement is the result of over 8 decades of detailed abstracting and indexing of international literature in the field of psychology and its related disciplines. The most recent million records have been added within just the last 6 years, and stem from an expansion of PsycINFO to include growing coverage of neuroscience, life sciences, statistics, and forensics.

The 3 millionth entry indexed the article originally published in the November 2010 issue of Neuropsychology, an APA journal edited by Stephen M. Rao of the Cleveland Clinic. The article is titled, “Rehabilitating patients with left spatial neglect by prism exposure during a visuomotor activity.” The full citation, including the DOI is: Fortis, P., Maravita, A., Gallucci, M., Ronchi, R., Grassi, E., Senna, I., . . .Vallar, G. (2010). Rehabilitating patients with left spatial neglect by prism exposure during a visuomotor activity. Neuropsychology. 24(6), 681-697. doi: 10.1037/a0019476.

“This achievement is a true testament to APA’s dedication to the field of psychology, as well as health and neuroscience,” commented Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, APA Publisher. “Our long-standing commitment to PsycINFO, and to all of APA’s published products, is paramount to the core mission of the Association and an overall commitment to advancing the science of psychology.”

From its beginnings in 1927 as Psychological Abstracts®, PsycINFO has been—and continues to be—an unparalleled resource for psychological and behavioral research throughout scholarly and professional fields. The vast coverage of abstracts from books, journals, and dissertations from the 16th Century to the present provides a comprehensive look at the evolution of psychology over time; expanded coverage also includes grants and sponsorships, tests and measures, supplemental materials, publication history, as well as over 45 million cited references total within the database. PsycINFO continues to keep researchers up to speed with the indexing of the “first posting” of journal articles—allowing for access to the earliest publication of peer-reviewed research.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.