The American Psychological Association was founded in 1892 with 31 members and grew quickly after World War II. Today, APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as members.
The Office of Publications and Databases was established as a major division of the APA to fulfill one of the primary objectives of the association — the exchange of scientific information. Its annual meeting was the first component of knowledge dissemination; later, in 1927, it added journals and an abstract periodical. The book program was begun in the mid-1950s with the publication of occasional books, but it now publishes an average of 75 books each year, with more than 900 currently in print. Today, Publications and Databases offers content in both print and electronic formats.
American Psychological Association began sending us its books not long after we opened our doors in 1993 and, over the years, they have sent us 681 of their titles and we have published reviews of 237 of them. In the past year, we have received 39 APA titles, and so far we have published reviews of 11 of them with more out for review. Doody’s Core Titles 2015 features five titles from American Psychological Association, one of which was selected as an Essential Purchase title.