Publications and Communications Board 2009 Annual Report

The Publications and Communications Board (P&C) and the Office of Publications and Databases (OPD) addressed challenges and opportunities surrounding changes in the scholarly publishing and current economic climates to finish the year meeting its publishing goals for electronic resources, books, and journals.

Under the direction of the P&C Board and to fulfill APA’s global mission of disseminating psychological science, the Office of Publications and Databases had a record year in terms of production and improved services for print and electronic alike. Total revenue for APA’s  core scholarly and professional publishing program (APA Journals, APA Books, Publication Manual, PsycINFO, abstracts, PsycARTICLES full-text, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, PsycCRITIQUES, and PsycNET platform) exceeded $78 million in 2009.

Highlights of P&C Board Actions

At the 2009 APA Annual Convention, the P&C Board combined convention programming hours with APAGS to offer a “Publishing Track.”  P&C contributed eight programming hours. Programming included “Meet the Editors Social Hour,” “How to Publish With APA Books,” “How to Publish a Manuscript,” “Joining the Publication Pipeline: How to Review,” “How Do Academics Use Electronic Resources for Research?: A Comparative Analysis of User Trends,” “The Search Is On: Search Techniques Using APA PsycNET,” and “Writing With APA Style.” The average attendance for main sessions was 115.

APA Books

  • In 2009, APA Books E-Collections were launched. Each annual collection is searchable on the PsycNET platform and includes full copyright year of material in a given year, with copyright years 2001–2009 currently available. Coverage within each collection is limited to scholarly and professional titles and does not include APA Style products, Magination Press children’s titles, trade book titles, encyclopedias, or other reference publications.

  • In 2009, APA Books initiated an agreement for delivery of content on the Kindle electronic readers with Amazon and offered 8–10 titles on Kindle.

  • The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, was released July 1, 2009. Sales of the fifth edition and sixth edition combined reached $12.6 million. The sixth edition of the Publication Manual was significantly revised to include new journal article reporting standards; an expanded emphasis on electronic formats and online communication; expanded ethics coverage; updated guidelines for bias-free language; new guidelines for reporting statistics; and significantly expanded guidelines for tables, figures, and references, along with all new illustrative material. Concurrent with the release of the sixth edition Publication Manual, fully revised versions of three other style products were released: the Concise Rules of Style, Second Edition; Mastering APA Style: Student Workbook and Training Guide, Sixth Edition; and Mastering APA Style: Instructor’s Resource Guide, Sixth Edition. In addition, a new APA Style website was launched to support the style products by offering free tutorials on APA Style, an online course, an APA Style blog, background resources and guidelines, and frequently asked questions fully updated for the sixth edition of the Publication Manual. Unfortunately, the sixth edition also had errors in three sample papers and 35 random typos, which required a return/exchange program. 

  • In 2009, APA Books released the APA College Dictionary of Psychology. This abridged version of the APA Dictionary of Psychology is specifically tailored to the needs of advance placement and undergraduate college students who are either exploring psychology in introductory courses or embarking on psychology as their chosen specialty field. Its 5,000 entries cover 90 subareas of psychology and were selected from the larger parent corpus by comparison with the basic introductory texts in use at some three dozen U.S. colleges and universities. There are also approximately 200 entirely new entries.

  • APA Books released 52 new titles in 2009. Those titles included the Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Suzanne M. Miller, Deborah J. Bowen, Robert T. Croyle, and Julia H. Rowland; Poverty and Brain Development During Childhood, by Sebastian J. Lipina; Behavioral Mechanisms and Psychopathology, edited by Kurt Salzinger and Mark R. Serper;  Methamphetamine Addiction, by Perry N. Halkitis; Disgust and Its Disorders, edited by Bunmi O. Olatunji and Dean McKay; and Performance Psychology in Action, edited by Kate F. Hays.

  • In addition, APA Books released several resource books for students and psychology professionals in 2009, including Finding Jobs With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree:  Expert Advice for Launching Your Career by R. Eric Landrum; What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing by Paul J. Silvia, Peter F. Delaney, and Stuart Marcovitch; Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All by Allison B. Miller; and Financial Success in Mental Health Practice by Steven Walfish and Jeffrey E. Barnett.

  • In 2009, APA Books launched two books for the general public under the imprint “APA Lifetools”: Becoming a Calm Mom, by Deborah Roth Ledley, and Revitalizing Retirement, by Nancy K. Schlossberg.   

  • APA Books added 12 new titles to the APA Psychotherapy Video Series, including Helping Skills in Practice with Dr. Clara E. Hill, Brief Dynamic Therapy Over Time with Dr. Hanna Levenson, and Psychotherapy Over Time with Dr. George Stricker. In addition, the book series “Theories of Psychotherapy” was launched. These short books, each focusing on a major theory in psychotherapy and written by leading practitioners, emphasize solid theory and evidence-based practice. Videos demonstrating the use of each theory in practice are also available. 

  • Magination Press released nine books in 2009: four picture books for children ages 4–8 years old (Sometimes I’m Scared by Marc Nemiroff, PhD, and Jane Annunziata, PsyD; I Want Your Moo by Marcella Bakur Weiner, EdD, PhD, and Jill Nemark; Do You Sing Twinkle? by Sandra Levins; and The Grouchies by Debbie Wagenbach); three readers for kids 8–13 years old (Attention, Girls! A Guide to Learn All About Your AD/HD by Patricia Quinn, MD; My Big Fat Secret by Lynn Schechter, PhD; The Ghost Dog by Wayne Wilson); along with a teen guide (My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins, PhD, and Katherine Martinez, PsyD) and a workbook (Putting on the Brakes Activity Books for Kids With ADD or LD by Patricia Quinn, MD, and Judith Stern, MA). Magination Press received two awards for Attention, Girls!—the 2009 Honor Award from National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children’s Products competition and a 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book gold medal from the Independent Publisher.

  • In 2009, APA Books Subsidiary Rights Office licensed the translation rights of 100 APA Books and Magination Press titles in Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Simple and Complex Chinese, Polish, and German

APA Databases

  • During 2009, PsycINFO added 186,328 new records to the overall data base. At the end of the year, the database contained 2,816,229 records.

APA Journals

  • APA Journals published over 36,000 pages in 2009 in 56 journals.

  • APA Journals published a total of more than 3,000 articles in 270 journal issues.

  • In January 2009, APA launched a new journal about personality disorders, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, and began to recruit potential manuscripts. The journal was formally introduced at the APA 2009 Annual Convention in Toronto. The first issue will be published in early 2010. The journal will publish research on personality disorders and related psychopathology from a categorical and/or dimensional perspective, including laboratory and treatment outcome studies, as well as integrative conceptual manuscripts and practice reviews that bridge science and practice.

  • In January 2009, APA acquired the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. The journal publishes original research dealing with the application of psychological theories and/or neuroscientific methods to business and economics. APA began publishing the journal in 2009 with Volume 2; the previous volume of the journal was digitized and is available in the PsycARTICLES database.

  • In May 2009, APA began publishing Division 24's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. The journal is devoted to fostering discussion at the interface of psychology, philosophy, and metatheory. APA began publishing the journal in 2009 with Volume 29; all previous volumes of the journal were digitized and are available in the PsycARTICLES database. 

  • In August 2009, at the APA Annual Convention in Toronto, APA and the Asian American Psychological Association released a sample issue of the Asian American Journal of Psychology. The journal will publish empirical, theoretical, methodological, and practice-oriented articles covering topics relevant to Asian American individuals and communities, including prevention, intervention, training, and social justice. The first issue will be published in early 2010.

  • In 2009, APA Journals published more than 20 special issues or sections of journals.  The following are some examples:

    • Journal of Counseling Psychology. (January, 2009). “Advances in Research With Sexual Minority People."
    • Psychological Methods. (June 2009). “Multistudy Methods for Building a Cumulative Psychological Science."
    • Journal of Family Psychology. (June 2009). “On New Shores: Family Dynamics and Relationships Among Immigrant Families."



  • The P&C Board is pleased to announce these editorial appointments in 2009, naming the following to six-year terms to begin in 2010 as the editor-elect year (and 2011 as the beginning masthead year).

    • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology – Arthur M. Nezu, PhD
    • Developmental Psychology – Jacquelynne S. Eccles, PhD
    • Psychological Review – John R. Anderson, PhD
    • History of Psychology – Wade Pickren, PhD
    • Psychology of Violence – Sherry Lynne Hamby, PhD
    • Psychology, Public Policy, and Law – Ronald Roesch, PhD
    • Journal of Occupational Health Psychology – Joseph Hurrell, PhD

  • The P&C Board opened 12 searches in 2009 for the following journals:

    • Emotion
    • Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
    • International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation
    • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
    • Journal of Comparative Psychology
    • Journal of Counseling Psychology
    • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
    • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
    • Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics
    • JPSP: Attitudes and Social Cognition
    • Rehabilitation Psychology
    • Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology