Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 11 • December 2000
APA Announces PsycINFO Changes

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.

Separate fees will no longer be assessed for the 1967–1983 PsycINFO backfile or the 1887–1966 historic PsycINFO file. Annual fees will now provide access to PsycINFO data from 1887 to the present, and these final market prices will be set by the vendors.

“One of the greatest strengths of our new pricing is that it allows us to offer PsycINFO to small and mid-sized institutions at affordable prices,” said Linda Beebe, director of PsycINFO. “Many institutions have felt too restricted by the simultaneous-user ranges PsycLIT subscriptions provided. But some of these libraries found the single-fee site lease to be beyond their budgets.”

She said: “After extensive market analysis we believe we have found the optimal solution: a pricing matrix that allows us to offer small institutions sitewide access at a reduced rate, while still covering the cost of producing a top-quality database. Our research has convinced us that, of all current pricing models in the information industry, the potential-users approach is most equitable for the academic community.”

Source: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 800/374-2722, 202/336-5650;

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