The American Psychological Association (APA) recently made a change to their APA PsycNet® platform which may impact the usage reporting of your institution’s APA subscription to either APA PsycArticles or APA PsycBooks on the ProQuest platform.
- In 2020, APA released a new “Get Access” authentication method to their native platform, APA PsycNet. This feature allows users, regardless of the platform their APA institutional subscription is hosted on, one-time access to full-text APA content on APA PsycNet.
- Platform vendors were notified of this change in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- ProQuest fully supports APA’s ongoing initiatives to ensure library users can discover, access, and use their entitled content as seamlessly as possible, wherever they start their search. However, this change may impact the number of retrievals in your institution’s APA PsycArticles and APA PsycBooks COUNTER reports from ProQuest.
How does this new functionality work?
- When a user attempts to download full text from APA PsycArticles or APA PsycBooks on APA PsycNet, they’ll be prompted to enter their institutional email address. If the user is authorized to access the content, they’ll be emailed a one-time download link to access the requested content on APA PsycNet.
- For users that land on APA content via search engines, such as Google Scholar or PubMed, APA PsycNet’s “Get Access” feature also allows for IP authentication to validate an institution’s subscription to APA databases. The feature will provide users with a one-time download link to the requested PDF, providing seamless access to needed research.
Where can I find my institution’s usage of APA PsycArticles/APA PsycBooks via APA PsycNet?
- At present this usage is being recorded by APA and not being captured in your ProQuest usage reports. ProQuest is working with APA and COUNTER on the best way to integrate APA PsycNet usage into ProQuest COUNTER reports.
- This work is being planned now; once a release date is identified, we will let you and your account manager know.
- If you need your institution's APA PsycNet usage in the interim, let us know and we will accommodate your request.
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