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Information Standards Quarterly

ISSN: 1041-0031

Winter 2011, v.23, no.1

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Article Title: Member Spotlight : American Psychological Association: Using Standards to Improve the Dissemination of Knowledge
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Author(s): Linda Beebe is Senior Director, PsycINFO, at the American Psychological Association (APA).
doi: 10.3789/isqv23n1.2011.08
Citation: Beebe. Linda. Member Spotlight: American Psychological Association: Using Standards to Improve the Dissemination of Knowledge. Information Standards Quarterly, 2011 Winter, 23(1):29-33.
Abstract: The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. One of APA’s largest programs is the Office of Publications and Databases. The office includes three content producers: APA Books, APA Journals, and the PsycINFO department; the latter currently produces five large databases in additional to other smaller subsets. Standards are an important aspect of APA programming and are essential to making their content accessible to all who need it. Following standards or generally accepted practices for structuring data is an important part of their database design to ensure they work on multiple vendors' platforms. Among the important standards and recommended practices are: OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI, KBART, and the NLM Journal Publishing DTD. APA personnel have been active in standards development projects including the Joint NISO-NFAIS Supplemental Journal Article Materials Working Group, the NISO PIE-J (Presentation and Identification of E-Journals) Working Group, SERU, the Shared E-Resources Understanding, and NFAIS Best Practices for Publishing Journal Articles.