July 20, 2010

APA Announces Online First Publication for Full-Text Journal Articles in the PsycARTICLES Database

Articles accepted for publication will now be available in electronic format prior to the print publication, expediting access to the latest peer-reviewed research

Washington — The American Psychological Association announces the immediate availability of Online First Publication (OFP) for APA-published journal articles in the PsycARTICLES database. Articles accepted for publication will now be available in electronic format prior to the print publication, expediting access to the latest peer-reviewed research. “Online First Posting is a key solution to production lag time which historically has been a major obstacle in publishing scholarly research,” said APA publisher Gary R. VandenBos, PhD. “By overcoming challenges in digital record management, we’re able to offer a better resource for researchers and authors alike.”

All PsycARTICLES institutional customers, individual APA PsycNET database package subscribers, and individual journal subscribers may now search these records as an added benefit. OFP records can be released within as little as 30 days of acceptance and transfer into production, and are marked to indicate the posting status, allowing researchers to quickly and easily discover the latest literature. Online First will be the version of record; the articles have gone through the full production cycle except for assignment to an issue and pagination. After a journal issue’s print publication, OFP records will be replaced with the published record to reflect the final status and bibliographic information.

Advance release of these articles is a movement in line with APA’s mission to expand the communication of “psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives,” and is a major upgrade to PsycARTICLES, already the largest full-text journal database in psychology with nearly 150,000 articles from 1894 to the present. All APA-published journals are available electronically through PsycARTICLES.

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, 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 human welfare.