Archiving and Access

Archiving by APA

APA is committed to preserving the knowledge base in psychology and to serving user and customer needs. To ensure preservation of the knowledge base, APA maintains a digital archive of all databases and will convert that archive as technology changes. APA also deposits all journal content with Portico for perpetual archiving.

Access to Customer-Owned Data Following Site License Non-Renewal

APA recognizes the business needs of libraries and other institutional customers to retain access to content for which they have purchased access.

APA's annual data fees cover newly published content, not historical content, added each calendar year. As a courtesy to customers and users, APA provides at least 10 years of older content without additional fees during the period of the site license for which the customer has paid.

If, at a later date, a customer does not renew the site license, they will own and retain rights to have access to all newly published content, not historical content, added each calendar year to the database from the first year through the last year for which they paid data fees, without paying additional data fees.

For PsycBOOKS ®
Same policy as for PsycARTICLES, PsycCRITIQUES and PsycEXTRA (mentioned above), except that for PsycBOOKS, newly published content refers to content from the previous copyright year.

For example, if a customer had a start date for a site license to PsycBOOKS any time between 1/1/2006 and 12/31/2006, the institution would be entitled to the 2005 copyright books.

Delivery of Customer-Owned Data

A customer who has not renewed an annual site license may retain access rights for the formerly licensed database content as outlined above.

Delivery of the calendar-year content that is deemed customer-owned will be made in one of two ways: as a structured data file that can be loaded directly to the institution's own proprietary system, or hosted by APA with access provided on the APA PsycNET® platform for an annual delivery fee.

Example: Customer pays annual data and service fees for a database for 10 years. In the eleventh year the customer does not renew their site license. At that point they own and retain rights to access newly published content, but not historical content, added each calendar year to the database during the 10 years in which the customer paid both data and service fees.

Note : No archival and access rights are available to customers who cancel their PsycINFO, PsycTESTS, and/or PsycTHERAPY site license.

Revised March 2013