The 50-year-old journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books is changing formats from a bimonthly print publication to a hybrid weekly electronic journal and database called PsycCRITIQUES.
PsycCRITIQUES, which launched in September, will publish about 800 reviews per year--more than twice as many as were published in Contemporary Psychology--but will keep the same goals and standards as the print publication, says incoming editor Danny Wedding, PhD.
"People who I've spoken to have always loved the quality of the reviews, but have been concerned with the fact that they are often two years old by the time they're published," says Wedding.
With the new format, he says, his goal will be to review books as quickly as possible--mostly within the same year they are copyrighted. Wedding says that PsycCRITIQUES, like Contemporary Psychology, will be an important place for psychologists to keep abreast of areas of psychology outside their specialties.
"It allows people to stay on top of the field," he explains. "You might be a clinical psychologist, but think it's important to know something about, say, neuropsychology. And you might not have time to read the journals in that field, but you can read reviews of important books."
PsycCRITIQUES will be available to members as part of the Platinum membership package, or for a cost of $60 per year as a separate publication.
In addition to its new content, PsycCRITIQUES includes a full-text database of the past 10 years of reviews. By 2006, that database will extend back to the first issue of Contemporary Psychology, which was published in 1956, says APA Publisher Gary VandenBos, PhD. The journal will publish its final print edition this month.