Journal Article Selection Criteria

Relevance to psychology is the primary criterion for selecting articles for inclusion in the database. Articles that are relevant, archival, and fall within our coverage policy regarding types of articles will be selected. Each article published in a print or electronic journal covered by PsycINFO® is reviewed to determine its relevance to psychology.



An article that includes any of the following may be psychologically relevant:

  • the scientific study of animal and human behavior
  • content in any of the subfields of psychology
  • non-psychology content of interest to psychologists in different subfields (for example, statistics for use in research design and empirical analysis, anatomical summaries of different organ systems of the human body, etc.)
  • content in related fields that has psychological or behavioral implications

Types of Articles Selected

The following types of articles are generally selected:

  • Original reports or replications of original research
  • Literature reviews and meta analyses
  • Surveys
  • Case studies
  • Theoretical reviews
  • Bibliographies
  • Substantive comments on other articles and substantive replies to such comments
  • Errata, corrections, and retractions

NOTE: Article selection in non-English language journals focuses on original empirical research, critical literature reviews, and substantive theory — papers that advance the field of psychology for an international audience.


Types of Articles NOT Selected

In general, the following types of articles are not selected for coverage in PsycINFO (exceptions are noted in parentheses):

  • Editorials (if the editorial is substantial and scholarly, has a title and references, and can be considered an article, then it can be considered for selection)
  • News items
  • Letters to the Editor (letters that are a substantive comment or reply or present brief clinical case data are considered for selection)
  • Papers presented at conferences or symposia (unless they are published as articles in journals that we cover)
  • Columns
  • Obituaries (only those published in American Psychologist are selected)
  • Book and software reviews
  • Personal reminiscences, testimonials, or proselytizing
  • Informal, anecdotal reports or articles
  • Poems
  • Interviews

Related disciplines that are selectively included in PsycINFO

  • Anthropology
  • Advertising
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Ergonomics
  • Family Studies
  • General Medicine
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Law and Law Enforcement
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Occupational & Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Penology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Sociology
  • Social Work & Social Services
  • Sports, Recreation & Leisure
  • Speech Therapy
  • Statistics