Publications and Communications Board 2012 Annual Report

The Publications and Communications Board (P&C) and the Office of Publications and Databases (OPD) addressed challenges and opportunities surrounding changes in the scholarly publishing and current economic climates to finish the year meeting its publishing goals for electronic resources, books, videos, and journals.

Under the direction of the P&C Board and to fulfill APA’s global mission of disseminating psychological science, the Office of Publications and Databases had a record year in terms of production and improved services for print and electronic alike. Total revenue for APA’s core scholarly and professional publishing program (APA Journals, APA Books, Publication Manual, PsycINFO abstracts, PsycARTICLES full-text, PsycTESTS, PsycTHERAPY, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, PsycCRITIQUES, and PsycNET platform) exceeded $80 million in 2012.

Highlights of P&C Board Actions

  • At the 2012 APA Annual Convention, the P&C Board contributed eight programming hours. Programming included “How to Publish with APA Books,” “How to Publish Your Manuscript,” “Open Access Publishing with APA,” “How to Review a Manuscript,” “Finding Tests and Measures: Introducing the PsycTESTS Database,” “Increasing Your Research Productivity with the APA Databases,” and “Writing with APA Style.” The average attendance for main sessions was 100.

APA Books

  • In 2012, the Reference division of APA Books released the following titles in its Handbooks series: the three-volume APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology, edited by Harris Cooper; the two-volume APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook, editor-in-chief, Howard J. Schaffer; the two-volume APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology, editor-in-chief, Nadya A. Fouad; the two-volume APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis), edited by Gregory J. Madden; and the two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, edited by Kenneth I. Pargament. The APA Addiction Syndrome Handbook won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award.
  • The Reference division of APA Books also released the APA Dictionary of Clinical Psychology, which has 11,000 entries in core areas—assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, treatment—as well as terms more generally related to biological, cognitive, developmental, and personality/social psychological areas of mental health.
  • The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, maintained strong sales in 2012, with approximately 250,000 units sold in this period.  In August it regained the #1 spot on Amazon’s list of best-selling titles in all categories.  Now in its sixth printing, the Publication Manual has spent more than 1,000 days on Amazon’s “top 100” list since its release in 2009. In addition, the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, Sixth Edition, was released.
  • APA Books released 42 new titles in 2012, including:
    • Teaching Ethically: Challenges and Opportunities by R. Eric Landrum and Maureen A. McCarthy
    • Virtuous Leaders: Strategy, Character, and Influence in the 21 st Century by Richard R. Kilburg
    • Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies by Jeremy D. Safran (Theories in Psychotherapy Series)
    • The Forgiving Life : A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love by Robert D. Enright
    • Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research , edited by Leonard A. Jason and David S. Glenwick
    • The Science of Attorney Advocacy: How Courtroom Behavior Affects Jury Decision Making , by Jessica D. Findley and Bruce D. Sales
    • PsycEssentials: A Pocket Resource for Mental Health Practitioners , by Janet L. Sonne
    • Relationship Science: Integrating Evolutionary, Neuroscience, and Sociocultural Approaches , edited by Omri Gillath, Glenn Adams, and Adrianne Kunkel
    • Cop Watch: Spectators, Social Media, and Police Reform , by Hans Toch
    • Succeeding With Adult ADHD: Daily Strategies to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Manage Your Life , by Abigail Levrini and Frances Prevatt
    • The Journey From Child to Scientist: Integrating Cognitive Development and the Education Sciences by Sharon M. Carver and Jeff Shrager
    • Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research , edited by Donna K. Nagata, Laura Kohn-Wood, and Lisa A. Suzuki
    • You've Earned Your Doctorate in Psychology…Now What?: Securing a Job as an Academic or Professional Psychologist , by Elizabeth M. Morgan and R. Eric Landrum
    • Conducting Multinational Research: Applying Organizational Psychology in the Workplace , edited by Ann Marie Ryan, Frederick T. L. Leong, and Frederick L. Oswald
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Steven C. Hayes and Jason Lillis (Theories in Psychotherapy Series)
    • Research for the Public Good: Applying the Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-Being , edited by Elaine Wethington and Rachel E. Dunifon
    • Practical Ethics for Psychologists: A Positive Approach, Second Edition , by Samuel J. Knapp and Leon VandeCreek
    • Cultural Adaptations: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice With Diverse Populations , edited by Guillermo Bernal and Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez
    • Evidence-Based Teaching for Higher Education edited by Beth M. Schwartz and Regan A. R. Gurung
    • Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story, Revised Edition by R. Eric Landrum
    • Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work With Older Adults, edited by Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah
    • Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential Concerns, edited by Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikuliner
    • Transformation in Psychotherapy: Corrective Experiences Across Cognitive, Behavioral, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic Approaches edited by Louis G. Castonguay and Clara E. Hill
    • Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice , edited by Robert A. McMackin, Elana Newman, Jason M. Fogler, and Terence M. Keane
    • Transforming Negative Reactions to Clients; From Frustration to Compassion, edited by Abraham W. Wolf, Marvin R. Goldfried, and J. Christopher Muran
    • Preventive Stress Management in Organizations, Second Edition , by James Campbell Quick, Thomas A. Wright, Joyce A. Adkins, Debra L. Nelson, and Jonathan D. Quick
    • Humanity's Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy , edited by Arthur C. Bohart, Barbara S. Held, Edward Mendelowitz, and Kirk J. Schneider
    • Graduate Study in Psychology, 2013 Edition
    • Personality Disorders and the Five-Factor Model of Personality, Third Edition , edited by Thomas A. Widiger and Paul T. Costa Jr.
    • Internships in Psychology: The APAGS Workbook for Writing Successful Applications and Finding the Right Fit, Third Edition , by Carol Williams-Nickelson, Mitchell J. Prinstein, and W. Gregory Keilin
    • Testifying in Court: Guidelines and Maxims for the Expert Witness, Second Edition , by Stanley L. Brodsky
    • Handbook of Spatial Cognition , edited by David Waller and Lynn Nadel
    • The Rorschach Inkblot Test: An Interpretive Guide for Clinicians , by James P. Choca
    • Caregiver Family Therapy: Empowering Families to Meet the Challenges of Aging , by Sara Honn Qualls and Ashley A. Williams
    • Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and in the Workplace by Michael R. Frone
    • Authoritative Parenting: Synthesizing Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development, edited by Robert Larzelere, Amanda Sheffield Morris, and Amanda W. Harrist
    • Spiritual Interventions in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, edited by Donald F. Walker and William L. Hathaway
    • Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors, edited by Jeffrey J. Froh and Acacia C. Parks
    • Health and Social Relationships: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated, edited by Matthew L. Newman and Nicole A. Roberts
    • Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism by John S. Ogrodniczuk
    • Presurgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes, edited by Andrew R. Block and David P. Sarwer
    • Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking, Dana S. Dunn, Regan A. R. Gurung, Karen Z. Naufel, & Janie H. Wilson
  • Designed to meet members’ needs for quality content in mobile format, APA Books released two apps—PsycEssentials and the APA Concise Dictionary of Psychology:
    • PsycEssentials: A Pocket Resource for Mental Health Practitioners by Janet L. Sonne is available in standard print, e-book, and mobile app versions. This resource is a quick but comprehensive guide that helps mental health clinicians locate answers to common and often urgent questions. Chapters are arranged chronologically to address the typical progression of therapy. The app version includes functions such as live links to intake questions, evaluation measures, state laws and reporting regulations, sites for appropriate tests, favorites, note taking, and tables. PsycEssentials is the first product from APA Books specifically designed for use with mobile devices.
    • The APA Concise Dictionary of Psychology app was released for delivery on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Users can search the 10,000 entries directly or browse an alphabetical index, add notes about definitions, mark terms as “favorites,” and link directly between cross references. Additional features include “Word of the Day” and “Historical Figures in Psychology.” This title is also available in a standard print version.
  • Magination Press, APA’s children’s book imprint, released 12 new titles in 2012, including: Silence, by Lemniscates; Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Third Edition, by Patricia O. Quinn, MD, and Judith M. Stern; Ben's Flying Flowers, by Inger Maier , PhD; Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Recurring Stomachaches, by Howard Bennett, MD; AD/HD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions, by Patricia O. Quinn, MD; Asperger’s Rules! How to Make Sense of School and Friends, by Blythe Grossberg, PhD; Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings , by Mary C. Lamia; Autism, The Invisible Cord: A Sibling's Diary, by Barbara S. Cain; Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing, by Frank J. Sileo; The Magic Clothesline, by Andree Poulin; Get Ready for Jetty! My Journal About ADHD and Me, by Jeanne Kraus, and Toodles and Teeny: A Story About Friendship, by Jill Neimark and Marcella Bakur Weiner.
  • The Magination Press title Chillax! How Ernie Learns to Chill Out, Relax, and Take Charge of His Anger , by Marcella Marino Craver, and illustrated by Amerigo Pinelli, was awarded the 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal in the Comic/Graphic Novel category.
  • In 2012, APA Books released 50 APA books in Kindle editions.
  • In 2012, the Video division of APA Books released 10 new titles: Schema Therapy With Couples, by Jeffrey E. Young; Working With Issues of Social Class in Psychotherapy, by William Ming Liu; Mindfulness for Anxiety, by Ronald D. Siegel; Affirmative Psychotherapy With Gay Clients, by Kathleen J. Bieschke; Culturally Responsive Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy in Practice, by Pamela A. Hays; Assisted Living Decisions in Psychotherapy, by Claudia Drossel; Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy for Specific Phobias, by Michael A. Tompkins; Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, by Donald K. Freedheim; Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, by Andrew Christensen; and Integrative Therapy , by John C. Norcross.
  • The PsycTHERAPY database was named a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Winner, and b ecame available to APA members with PsycNET Platinum and PsycNET Gold Plus. Subsets of videos in PsycTHERAPY—collectively known as the APA Clinical Training Video Series—are now available for smaller institutions that train in specific approaches such as couples therapy, behavioral health counseling, and substance abuse and addiction.
  • In 2012, APA Books Subsidiary Rights Office negotiated 59 licenses for the translation of APA books into Complex Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

APA Databases

  • During 2012, PsycINFO added 186,984 new records to the overall database. At the end of the year, the database contained 3,378,507 records. The PsycINFO database now contains more than 63 million cited references. Although the majority of them date from 2000, there are cited references dating back to 1920.
  • The number of journals covered by PsycINFO at the end of 2012 was 2,521 an increase from 2011. Fifty four titles were added; a systematic review of covered journals also resulted in dropping some journal titles for non-receipt or irregular publication.
  • PsycARTICLES includes “Online First Publication” articles within 30 days after the accepted manuscripts have been received at APA.  These articles have gone through the full production process, including author approval, and are lacking only assignment to a volume and issue.  The P&C Board has designated these as “versions of record.”  More than 2,700 articles were released as Online First Publication between January and December.  Approximately 2,600 articles “graduated” to bound issues. When the article is included in a bound issue, the original Online First PDF is replaced by a paginated PDF and HTML rendition, and a corrected PsycINFO record that includes volume, issue, pagination, and indexing is released.
  • PsycARTICLES added four new titles and more than 4,500 articles in 2012. The number of articles numbered approximately 162,800 at the end of the year.
  • With the November 2012 release, the number of tests to be found in the PsycTESTS database was 10,161.  The total number of records rose to 11,103, and the percentage of full text tests was 73%.  The number of commercial tests listed is now more than 700. The database is now available on four vendor platforms:  APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid Technologies, and ProQuest.   The interactive wiki supplement can be found at http://psycwiki.apa.org .
  • The PsycEXTRA database added more than 100 new content owners during this six-month period.  The database also covers new document types including patents, clinical trials, grants, full dissertations, and student journals. 50,188 records were added to the database in 2012; it now contains 282,204 records.
  • APA continued to add books to PsycBOOKS from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) at the University of Akron. These psychology books in the public domain books have been scanned for inclusion in the database and a digital copy provided to AHAP. As a result of the AHAP project, there are now approximately 80 books from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, including a book of essays of Francis Bacon from 1597. There are 867 books from the 19th century. At the end of the year, PsycBOOKS contained more than 3,500 books and 52,000+ chapters, including APA books through December 2011 as well as the historical books.
  • PsycINFO staff continued to expand the use of social media to inform the world about APA’s electronic databases and the APA PsycNET platform. They have posted regular comments on Facebook© and Twitter©. By year’s end more than 95 brief training videos were posted to YouTube© with links on www.apa.org and Facebook©. About 5 dozen podcasts were available as well. The APA PsycNET Twitter © page address is http://twitter.com/APAPsycNET.  To view any of the videos, users can visit APA Databases or Facebook.com. APA continued to expand its training program to support the databases on the various platforms with on-site training at conferences and multiple webinars weekly in addition to the video tutorials. By the end of the year, staff had provided training to more than 525 librarians, APA members, APA staff, and others. The librarians represented nearly 500 institutions.
  • The APA Library Advisory Council met twice in 2012. Among their discussion items were the Research Works Act; changes in learning environments and the use of library services; evaluating discovery services; Archives of Scientific Psychology, APA’s new open methodology, open data, open-access journal; mining PsycINFO; Shared E-Resources Understanding (SERU); new forms of authentication for mobile users; interactive digital communications; institutional archiving strategies; mining PsycINFO data; institutional repositories; resource sharing in the academic library; digital boards; PsycEXTRA enrichment efforts; and others. Council members have provided OPD staff with vital input regarding product features, pricing strategies, training and education, institutional trends, and policies regarding usage of electronic products.APA presented Alice Brand Bartlett, MLS, PhD, with the 2012 APA Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Dr. Bartlett has dedicated much of her professional career both as a librarian and as a psychotherapist to advocating for better resources for online searching of mental health information. She spent many years as chief librarian of the Professional Library at the Menninger Clinic, overseeing development of one of the preeminent psychiatric and psychoanalytic libraries in the world. Later, she continued with her efforts to digitize and share the full text of psychoanalytic journals by participating in creating and developing Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) Web, a fully searchable digital archive of classic psychoanalytic texts. She has served both as the librarian consultant for PEP and, since 1998, has been a member of its Board.
  • PsycINFO indexed approximately 5,000 website pages in 2012 for APA.org.

APA Journals

  • APA Journals published more than 41,800 pages in 2012 in 65 journals.
  • APA Journals published a total of more than 3,600 articles in 302 journal issues.
  • APA Journals reached the following agreements:
    • to own and publish Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, the official journal of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. APA will begin publishing the journal immediately with the first issue to publish with APA in fall 2012;
    • to own and publish the Journal of Rural Mental Health, the official journal of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, beginning in Spring 2013;
    • to own and publish the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, beginning in Spring 2013;
    • to publish and co-own The Psychologist-Manager Journal, the official journal of the Society for Psychologists in Management, beginning in January 2013;
    • to publish Military Psychology, the official journal of APA Division 19, the Society for Military Psychology, beginning in January 2013;
    • to publish Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, an official journal of APA Division 54, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, beginning in March 2013;
    • to publish and co-own the journal Qualitative Psychology, the official journal of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, beginning in early 2014.
  • In August 2012, at the APA Annual Convention in Washington, DC, APA released sample issues of the following new journal to be published in 2013:
    • Journal of Latina/o Psychology
  • In August 2012, at the APA Annual Convention in Washington, DC, APA officially launched its Open Methodology, Open Data, Open Access journal, Archives of Scientific Psychology.
  • In 2012, APA Journals published more than 50 special issues or sections of journals.  The following are some examples of special issues:
    • Psychological Services (May 2012) – “Telehealth, Telepsychology, and Technology”
    • Comparative Psychology (May 2012) – “Social Learning in Humans and Non-Human Animals: Theoretical and Empirical Dissections”
    • Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice (June 2012) – “ Dynamics in Couples and Families Coping with HIV Risk and Infection”
    • Asian American Journal of Psychology (June 2012) – “Secondary Analysis of the National Latino Asian American Study (NLAAS) Dataset-Part II”
    • Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (August 2012) – “ Narratives, Nostalgia, Nationhoods”
    • Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (November 2012) – “Psychology & The Other”

Editors

  • The P&C Board is pleased to announce these editorial appointments in 2012, naming the following to six-year terms to begin in 2013 as the editor-elect year (and 2014 as the beginning masthead year):
    • Psychological Methods: Lisa L. Harlow, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island
    • Neuropsychology : Gregory G. Brown, PhD, University of California—San Diego School of Medicine
    • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes : Ralph R. Miller, PhD, Department of Psychology, SUNY-Binghamton
    • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied: Neil Brewer, PhD, School of Psychology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
    • Decision: Jerome R. Busemeyer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Indiana University
  • The P&C Board opened 7 searches in 2012 for the following journals:
    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Journal of Applied Psychology
    • Journal of Educational Psychology
    • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes
    • Psychological Bulletin
    • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
    • Families, Systems, & Health

Sales, Licensing, Marketing and Exhibitions

  • As of year-end 2012, the marketing programs for electronic products, books, and journals contributed to and supported product sales efforts by collectively producing 140 direct mail campaigns, 6 catalogs, 90 email campaigns, 317 paid advertisements, 76 house advertisements, 3 telemarketing campaign, 10 press releases, 1,500 book publicity mailings, and booth displays at on-site exhibitions and product displays handled by outside vendors at additional conferences. In combination, all such efforts resulted in more than 12,000,000 promotional exposures for the year.
  • Through year-end 2012, the Exhibitions Marketing program organized booth displays at 42 conferences, both in the US and internationally, with a combined attendance of nearly 455,000. Books and journals were promoted at an additional 45 conferences handled by outside vendors.