What Is PsycInfo?

Understand the Importance of PsycInfo to Academic Researchers
By Nikki Borgel on Dec 4, 2020
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For years, having published research has been required for most academics seeking tenure at their university, but recently, it has become more common for universities to only recognize research published in prestigiously indexed and abstracted journals. These requirements are arising because indices give specific metrics that rank the success of the journal and the citation impact of each author. High ratings help authors and their affiliated universities gain recognition in the academic community and access to greater research funding, which in turn allows their careers and programs to flourish.

Some of the most sought after indices and abstracting services include Web of Science™, Scopus®, INSPEC, PsycInfo®, and others. Because of the prestige of these indices, included journals receive a greater number of submissions for each issue, increasing the competition for each coveted spot in the journal. With greater competition comes higher-quality papers in the submission queue and lower acceptance rates, meaning it is far more difficult to be accepted into these publications than those that are not yet indexed.

The push for indexing means that for many academics, the stress of publishing their research goes far beyond simply being accepted. All journals require their submissions to be polished and ready for peer review, indicating it can be a critical mistake not to have your manuscript professionally reviewed before submission.

Fortunately, eContent Pro International is available to help authors and researchers at every step of their publication journey by offering comprehensive and professional editorial services including Copy Editing & Proofreading and Journal Recommendation. With the stress of indexing in mind, we recognize that not every researcher is an expert in indices even if their career relies on their inclusion. As such, the eContent Pro International team has put together the eContent Pro International team has put together a comprehensive profile of PsycInfo, a popular and prestigious abstracting service, and all its requirements.

What is PsycInfo?

Founded in 1967 by the American Psychological Association (APA), PsycInfo is among the oldest and most comprehensive psychology-based abstracting services. Since its conception, PsycInfo has acquired several other psychology-based abstracts and collections including:

  • All records published in Psychological Abstracts from 1927 to 2006
  • Psychological Bulletin 1921 to 1926
  • American Journal of Psychology 1887 to 1966
  • English citations from Psychological Index 1894 to 1935
  • Classic Books in Psychology of the 20th Century and the Harvard Book List, 1840 to 1971
  • Most APA journals back to the first issue of the publication
  • Classic books in APA PsycBooks

PsycInfo indexes abstracts on all topics of behavioral and social sciences that are psychologically relevant. This includes 22 major subject areas with 135 subcategories all related to the field of psychology. Currently, their database includes over 2,500 journals with additional book and dissertation coverage.

What Makes PsycInfo Unique?

Founded in 1967 by the American Psychological Association (APA), PsycInfo is among the oldest and most comprehensive psychology-based abstracting services. Since its conception, PsycInfo has acquired several other psychology-based abstracts and collections including:

  • All records published in Psychological Abstracts from 1927 to 2006
  • Psychological Bulletin 1921 to 1926
  • American Journal of Psychology 1887 to 1966
  • English citations from Psychological Index 1894 to 1935
  • Classic Books in Psychology of the 20th Century and the Harvard Book List, 1840 to 1971
  • Most APA journals back to the first issue of the publication
  • Classic books in APA PsycBooks

PsycInfo indexes abstracts on all topics of behavioral and social sciences that are psychologically relevant. This includes 22 major subject areas with 135 subcategories all related to the field of psychology. Currently, their database includes over 2,500 journals with additional book and dissertation coverage.

What is the Acceptance Process?

Inclusion in PsycInfo involves emailing the “Editor’s Survey” and “Indexing Coverage Agreement” provided on the APA website, and the 3 most recent issues to the Journal Content Coordinator (psycinfocov@apa.org). From there, the APA team reviews each submitted journal and judges it against the aforementioned inclusion criteria. If a journal meets all of the above requirements, it becomes abstracted in PsycInfo.

If indexing is a primary concern to you as an author, finding a journal that meets your needs is a top priority. Fortunately, eContent Pro International’s free Journal Finder can help. To use this free service and receive the most relevant journal recommendations for your article, simply enter your manuscript title, subject area, keywords, and abstract in the straightforward webform. Once submitted, it will provide you with five relevant Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) affiliated journals in your subject area along with their titles, publishers, and links to the journal’s website.

To further streamline this process and provide additional information, eContent Pro International offers a Journal Recommendation service. This paid service builds upon the free journal finder and provides in-depth reports created by an expert eContent Pro International editor. Simply just submit your manuscript and any key criteria (ie. specific indices, open access availability, etc.) They will review you requirements and provide a customized report of recommended journals that will include metrics and indexing, editorial board information, and important submission links. This paid service is ideal for researchers looking to save time, as navigating journal websites to find all of the necessary information you need to select a target journal can take hours or even days depending on your subject area and personal criteria. The expert journal recommendation team provides all the information you need in a single, personalized pdf in 3-5 business days. 

While finding the perfect journal for your research may be one of the most important aspects of the research publication process, ensuring your research is the most polished it can be for submission is also vital. Whether you are faced with a quick turnaround time for a new round of edits or in need of a proof of copy-editing certificate, utilizing our high-quality, affordable, and expeditious editorial services on your manuscript can increase the chance of being accepted in a publication of your choice in the shortest amount of time.

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