Frequently Asked Questions About PsycCRITIQUES®

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What is PsycCRITIQUES?

PsycCRITIQUES® is a database of full-text reviews of books, videos, and popular films. It replaced the APA print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, which APA published from 1956 to 2004.


Who produces PsycCRITIQUES?

PsycINFO®, a division of APA, produces PsycCRITIQUES in collaboration with APA Journals®.

PsycINFO is the most comprehensive and authoritative database of bibliographic reference sources that cover scholarly and peer-reviewed publications in psychology and related disciplines.

The division also produces the electronic versions of APA journals and books in the PsycARTICLES® and PsycBOOKS® databases, as well as PsycEXTRA®, a compilation of gray literature that is published outside the scholarly peer-review process.


What information is in PsycCRITIQUES?

PsycCRITIQUES combines weekly releases of 18–20 reviews with a full searchable database of reviews published in electronic form since September 2004 and published in the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books between 1956 and 2004.

Each week additional reviews of current copyright year books, videos, and films are released. Images of reviewed items are included when they are available. Each review published since 2004 includes a link to an author bio for the reviewer.


What search capabilities are available?

PsycCRITIQUES is searchable by author, reviewer, document title, and other standard search fields. Users can also browse by author, title, and year. Optional email alerts are available to lead you to a new table of contents for the weekly release.

The database is indexed using APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms® vocabulary and the Classification Categories & Codes to facilitate precise retrieval.

Important search links in PsycCRITIQUES include:

  • Link to previously published updates
  • Link to reviewer biographies
  • Link to cited references where available


In what format(s) are the book reviews made available?

The reviews are in HTML format.


How can I get an individual subscription to PsycCRITIQUES and how much will it cost?

If you are an APA member, PsycCRITIQUES is free with an APA PsycNET®Gold or APA PsycNET® Platinum package.

If you are an APA Member but don't have an APA PsycNET Gold or APA PsycNET Platinum subscription, you can subscribe just to PsycCRITIQUES.

Non-member subscriptions are available through the APA PsycNET Gold package.

PsycCRITIQUES Direct provides 24-hour day pass access to both APA Members and non-Members for a nominal fee.


What is the institutional price for PsycCRITIQUES?

For institutions there is an annual site license with one low price for all organizations regardless of size. Please see Site License Fees for Institutions for more information.

For an institutional free trial, register at APA Databases Free Trial Registration.


What vendors offer access to PsycCRITIQUES?

PsycCRITIQUES is available through a site license on APA PsycNET and several other vendors. See APA's vendor directory page.


Is PsycCRITIQUES COUNTER Compliant? Is SUSHI available?

Yes. COUNTER is a standard for reporting online usage statistics. APA is fully compliant with Counter Release 4. For more information visit the Usage Statistics page in the Librarian's Resource Center or view the APA Usage Statistics tutorial on APA PsycNET usage statistic reports.

APA also provides reports in SUSHI format. For more information on requesting SUSHI, please view this brief tutorial on Retrieving COUNTER 4 Usage Reports via SUSHI.