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Soon-to-Launch E-Psyche Database Challenges Established Psychology Information Source

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Soon-to-Launch E-Psyche Database Challenges Established Psychology Information Source

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At a time when a number of industry pundits are predicting the imminent demise of secondary publishers, it would be surprising to learn of a start-up company preparing to launch a brand-new abstracts database to compete with one of the oldest and most successful database enterprises in the industry. But this was exactly the case when Database Access Group, LLC, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently announced plans to launch a product called e-psyche as a direct competitor to the American Psychological Association's (APA) PsycINFO.

The announcement becomes a little less surprising when one learns that the cofounder of the company is Dennis Auld, who ran the APA's PsycINFO unit for over 8 years. An online information pioneer who also co-founded ABI/Inform in the 1970s, Auld has joined forces with John Kuranz, another industry "gray hair" who founded Management Contents, also in the '70s. Their objective was to explore the possibility of creating a database to serve the needs of researchers as well as practitioners in the field of psychology.

"The APA's mandate is to serve the clinical research psychologist--no more, no less," said Auld. "Our product will go beyond the clinical researcher and also serve the needs of practitioners and students across the whole field of psychology. To accomplish that mission we are covering approximately 4,200 journals in psychology and related disciplines, which is nearly three times the number covered by PsycINFO."

The company plans to compete on more than just one front, however. Currency, for example, will also be stressed, and abstracts will be entered within 30 days of receipt of the source material, according to company president Kuranz. On the content side, links to journal publisher sites, links to full text of the articles (where available), and author e-mail addresses will also be a part of the database.

The e-psyche database will also include citation indexing, which Kuranz believes is important to both the users and the publishers of the journals being cited.

Kuranz said, "Central to our database production is the extensive linking we will do utilizing the Data Harmony suite of XML and Java software tools." The production of the database involves a partnership with Access Innovations, Inc. …

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