Book Coverage Information for Publishers

APA is dedicated to disseminating information about books published on psychological topics through two outlets.

  • PsycCRITIQUES®, an online database of reviews of books in psychology and of popular films with psychological relevance
  • PsycINFO®, a database that provides citations, abstracts, subject indexing, and tables of contents for English-language books published worldwide

PsycINFO staff evaluates thousands of books each year to add nearly 2,000 titles to the database. Abstractors create separate records for each chapter of an edited book.

Note: PsycCRITIQUES replaced the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books as of December 31, 2004.

Is it Covered Already?

If you are a publisher and want to know which of your books have been added to PsycINFO within the last year, send a message to PsycINFO Coverage, and we'll email or fax you the list.

Please include the following information in your message:

  • Subject: Publisher Title List
  • Publisher name
  • Contact information (include fax and email)
  • Imprint
  • Whether you want the list faxed or emailed to you

Selection Criteria

In selecting books for coverage, PsycINFO staff examine psychological relevance, content focus, quality, and availability. The PsycINFO database covers a variety of book types. PsycINFO covers books published worldwide but only those in English.

Psychological Relevance
A publication that includes any of the following may be psychologically relevant

  • Books summarizing psychological research
  • Books detailing application of psychological knowledge
  • Books covering any and all subfields of psychology
  • Books on psychological topics for clients or the general public
  • Non-psychology content of interest to psychologists in different subfields (for example, statistics for use in research design and empirical analysis, anatomical summaries of different organ systems of the human body for health psychologists, and so forth)
  • Content in related fields that has psychological or behavioral implications

Content Focus
Relevant books may focus on the following:

  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Social issues
  • Normal behavior
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Clinical treatment and services
  • Underlying physiological mechanisms
  • Experimental methodology
  • Theory development and testing
  • Applications in non-clinical settings

Quality books include the following attributes:

  • Carefully prepared content presentation
  • Marks of scholarship such as
    • Logical organization of table of contents and of individual chapters
    • Substantive empirical or theoretical basis indicated
    • Current references to substantive, quality publications
  • Publication by a reputable society or commercial press (rather than a vanity press or self-publication)
  • Durable physical construction

Availability to Public
Books must be readily available to the public. Factors considered include the following:

  • An ISBN
  • Published in the current or previous calendar year
  • Actively offered for sale
  • Available through libraries, retail outlets, distributors, or the publisher

How to Submit Your Materials

You can submit your books for consideration for both PsycINFO and PsycCRITIQUES in one easy step.

Send 3 review copies of books that meet our criteria to

American Psychological Association
PsycINFO/PsycCRITIQUES Processing Dept.
PO Box 91600
Washington, DC 20090-1600

For FedEx or UPS shipments
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

We'll do the rest. If the book meets our criteria, we'll put the information about it in PsycINFO and send it to PsycCRITIQUES for their consideration.

To make sure that future books are included in this important information source, be sure to put us on your review list to receive 3 review copies of all new books in psychology.

NOTE: PsycINFO and PsycCRITIQUES are the only APA outlets for book reviews or summaries. Other APA journals do not publish book reviews.