The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced that PsycCRITIQUES, a new searchable database of book reviews in psychology, will launch in September 2004. The database will replace APA's print journal, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. APA will publish the final print issue of Contemporary Psychology in December 2004.
In each weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES will deliver approximately 15 reviews of psychological books, most from the current copyright year. Weekly issues may also sometimes feature a review of a popular first-run film or a comparative review of several current trade books. A retrospective review evaluating the impact on the literature of a book published 20 to 50 years earlier will also appear occasionally.
Optional email alerts will provide the table of contents and abstracts from each weekly issue. To enable researchers to study evaluations of the book literature over time, PsycCRITIQUES will include a backfile of approximately 4,000 reviews from 1995-2003. Reviews will be indexed with vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms to facilitate retrieval.
The migration to PsycCRITIQUES will take place between September 2004, when the database will go live, and December 2004, when the final print issue will be published. During this period, free access to PsycCRITIQUES will be provided for current individual and institutional subscribers, who will have the opportunity to renew into paid subscriptions or site licenses for access to the electronic database. Paid access to PsycCRITIQUES will begin in January 2005.