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Preiserhöhungen bei PsycINFO

30.01.2001

Im letzten Jahr erreichten den Vorstand der DGPs verschiedene Beschwerden über unzumutbare Preiserhöhungen für PsycINFO durch die APA. Im November des letzten Jahres hatte der Präsident daher die deutschsprachigen Institute angeschrieben, um sich über die lokalen Situationen informieren zu lassen. Gleichzeitig hatte er Kontakt mit der APA aufgenommen, um dort die Sorge der deutschsprachigen Psychologischen Institute vorzutragen. In der Zwischenzeit haben etwa ein Drittel der angeschriebenen deutschsprachigen Institute geantwortet. Nur eine absolute Minderheit von Instituten hat auslaufende Verträge nicht verlängert. Für die Mehrzahl ist es so, daß unter den neuen Umständen dem verbesserten Angebot seitens der APA (PsycINFO und PsycLIT sind kombiniert und es gibt noch einige weitere Neuerungen) eine Verschlechterung der Zugangsbedingungen entgegen steht. Insgesamt scheint es so zu sein, daß eine beträchtliche Ausgabe auf die Psychologie zukommt, welche nicht ohne Umschichtungen im Etat möglich ist. Begleitet wird das Ganze von einer strikteren Kontrolle der Nutzung, wobei unsicher ist, ob die tatsächliche Nutzungen in der Vergangenheit je deutlich über diesen Bereich hinaus ging. Beigefügt finden Sie das Schreiben an den Präsidenten der APA. Wir werden Sie informieren, sobald wir eine Antwort der APA erhalten haben.

 

 

Dear President, dear Patrick:

 

This is my second contact with you, and unfortunately I have to raise a troublesome issue related to the pricing structure of PsycINFO.

 

In my capacity as President of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), many department heads and officers approached me with the alarming news that their institutions would have to cancel PsycINFO (combined with PsycLIT) or reduce its accessibility drastically. They were afraid that over a span of a few years the cost would double or triple.

 

Meanwhile, I used contacts to APA officers which allowed me to send out some calming messages. Nevertheless, the letter I sent out to all German-speaking departments of psychology revealed a severe confusion. Even though APA has since adapted the pricing structure (the leading parameter now seems to be the number of people with access within the academic units), several universities have canceled their subscriptions. More will do so at the next possibility, probably in the middle of 2001. Others have reduced access so drastically that a normal level of operation is no longer possible, and still others are negotiating with new companies (instead of Silverplatter) or are forming coalitions.

 

At any rate there seems to be a drastic reduction in the working conditions for scientists. All libraries in Germany had to absorb drastic cuts over the last years, and it is simply not possible to allocate 20% of the funds in the psychology section of the library to PsycINFO.

 

I ask you to convey these concerns to those in charge. As President, I might be in a position to straighten any misconceptions (if there are any) about the increases in the cost, but to do this I would need first-hand information.

 

In addition I have to say at this point that, to the best of my knowledge, the reputation of APA for any German-speaking psychologist is at stake. It would seem to me that we need to find a way which would allow profit to be made, as in the past, from the information services APA provides, but we also have to observe the necessity of equal chances in international scientific collaboration.

 

Let me assure you that we will do everything possible to help avoid undue confusion (and certainly I see the economy issues at both ends), but my sincere hope is also that you and your colleagues will offer services which can be afforded by the majority.

 

All the best for 2001

 

Yours

 

Rainer K. Silbereisen

Professor of Developmental Psychology,

President German Psychological Society

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