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APA Announces PsycINFO Changes

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APA Announces PsycINFO Changes

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced that its PsycINFO unit has announced sweeping changes, effective October 1, to the product and pricing configurations for institutional database access. The changes will better serve a greater variety of customers and simplify product selection, according to the announcement.

The PsycLIT CD-ROM database of abstracts of journal articles, book chapters, and books will be merged into the comprehensive PsycINFO database, enhancing the PsycLIT document set with abstracts of dissertations and technical reports.

All access fees for the PsycINFO database will now be structured under the site-license model, eliminating media-driven pricing. Fees will be based on institution size, as measured by potential users, defined by APA as the total number of students, faculty, and distance learners. Annual lease fees will cover unlimited access within the user community defined in the individual lease agreement.

Customers will be able to choose from local or vendor-based site-lease access and select the delivery medium--or media mix--appropriate to their needs, including optical, magnetic, or Web access, without concern over price differences among media. …

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