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New psychology information retrieval system

02/07/2013 | Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information and its partners have released PubPsych, a comprehensive resource on Psychology with a European focus (http://pubpsych.eu/). PubPsych aggregates metadata records on psychological literature, tests, treatment programs and research data from European and American scientific-information producers.

Initial partners in Europe are the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST-CNRS) in France, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain, the National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System (NARCIS) in the Netherlands, the National Library of Norway (NB), and in America the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). All partners contribute records to a reference database which can be accessed free of charge using the latest search engine technology developed in association with iSearch IT Solutions (Hannover, Germany), a company specializing in knowledge systems for digital libraries. PubPsych can be searched in four major languages: English, French, Spanish and German. It provides free access to psychology resources enabling researchers to review and analyze relevant regional content alongside top-tier international content. »It has become our mission to break the distribution and dissemination barrier effecting local language publications by increasing the accessibility of locally generated scientific information,« said Erich Weichselgartner, Deputy Scientific Director of ZPID. PubPsych is an invaluable supplement of any research tool in psychology. It promotes the idea of open access in psychology serving the worldwide academic communities by delivering excellent scientific information.

The extensive collection features high-quality indexing and in-depth abstracts for hundreds of thousands of articles, books, book chapters, thesis and psychological and educational tests. The records cover all areas of psychology; some 45 percent are in non-English languages, providing the broad international coverage researchers require. Most abstracts and keywords are at least in the local language and English, insuring exhaustive discovery and basic comprehension. PubPsych provides rich search functionality and tools to quickly find and manage search results. Users can conduct post search tasks, such as print, download, e-mail, and export to EndNote or save to the My List function. PubPsych also supports social networking sites for researchers such as Connotea and Mendeley.

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) and its partners will continue to expand PubPsych in order to make it a premier free resource for psychology and related disciplines. PubPsych brings trusted psychological content to international users. In line with international declarations on open access PubPsych enables education and use of scientific information by the public and facilitates developing countries' active participation in the worldwide exchange of scientific information.

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