[Eril-l] Renaming of PsycINFO on EBSCOhost platform

Cody, Alison acody at apa.org
Mon Feb 3 09:59:45 PST 2020

Hi all –

APA initiated this change to our database naming convention because we’ve found that many users, although they’re aware of APA, don’t realize that databases like PsycInfo are APA products. Similarly, we want to avoid confusion with other psychology products, some of which use a “psych” prefix, that are not developed by APA.
At this time, this change has only been rolled out by EBSCO, and it will soon be made by ProQuest, Ovid and on our PsycNet platform. APA apologizes for not communicating this to the community proactively. EBSCO implemented the change in late January. Information about the name change is on EBSCO’s support site (https://connect.ebsco.com) and EBSCO notified customers through email on January 30th. We’ve made EBSCO aware of the need for additional communication, and they’ve heard this feedback and will take additional steps to communicate.
We recognize name changes can take time to resonate with students, faculty, and researchers. As such, we recommend utilizing the alternative name feature in your A-Z list/ERM, including a (formerly known as) descriptor, or adding a duplicate/cross-reference entry in your A-Z list as just a few possible workarounds to support your communities through this change.

Please let me know if there are any other questions.

Alison K. Cody, MSLIS
Manager, Customer Engagement
APA Publishing

From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> On Behalf Of Beth Jacoby
Sent: Monday, February 3, 2020 9:16 AM
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Subject: Re: [Eril-l] Renaming of PsycINFO on EBSCOhost platform

I wonder if it's EBSCO getting ready for a big marketing push for their own psychology database that includes many publishers except APA:


Beth Jacoby
Content Development Librarian
Schmidt Library
Library & Technology Services
York College of Pennsylvania
441 Country Club Rd.
York, PA  17403-3651

On Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 8:50 AM Stephen Francoeur <stephen.francoeur at gmail.com<mailto:stephen.francoeur at gmail.com>> wrote:
On the APA website, they're still listing the databases using the familiar syntax of "PsycALL_CAPS_SPECIFIC_PRODUCT":

- PsycINFO


Stephen Francoeur
UX Librarian
Baruch College
New York, NY

On Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 8:40 AM Beth M. Johns <bmjohns at svsu.edu<mailto:bmjohns at svsu.edu>> wrote:
It has not been re-branded as such with ProQuest as of 8:39 a.m. today.


Beth M. Johns, MLIS

E-Resources Librarian

Saginaw Valley State University

Melvin J. Zahnow Library

pronouns: she/her/hers

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Subject: Re: [Eril-l] Renaming of PsycINFO on EBSCOhost platform

I guess it's a mixture of reminding users that the APA produces the databases, strengthening the APA brand and highlighting that the databases are related to the APA output style for referencing.

Dom Benson

Analytics & Discovery Officer

Library, Information Services, Brunel University London | T +44(0)1895 266143

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Subject: [Eril-l] Renaming of PsycINFO on EBSCOhost platform

I was wondering if anyone knows who or what was behind the recent change in the EBSCOhost platform with the name used for PsycINFO. Until this past week, EBSCOhost presented it as "PsycINFO." Now, it's labeled "APA PscyInfo." A similar change was made to PsycARTICLES (APA PsycArticles) and presumably other APA databases that one can get on the EBSCOhost platform.

Was this change requested by APA? Is the change also present on other platforms where you can get PsycINFO (such as ProQuest)?

Stephen Francoeur
UX Librarian
Newman Library
Baruch College
New York, NY



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