From Print to Digital (1985–2015): APA’s Evolving Role in Psychological Publishing

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Knowledge dissemination plays an important role in all scientific fields. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) journal publication program was established in 1927. During the 1960s, the Psychological Abstracts publication was computerized. In the mid-1980s, a reenergizing of APA Publishing began, with the establishment of the APA Books Program, as well as the movement of abstracts to CD–ROMs. This article describes the 30-year program of expansion of APA Publishing, covering the period from 1985 through 2015. This period saw the journals program grow from 15 journals to 89 journals, the abstract program grow into an Internet-based delivery system, the creation of the APA’s own PsycNET delivery platform, the creation of 6 addition databases, and the establishment of dictionaries and handbooks of psychology.

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