, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 35–39 | Cite as

PubPsych: A Powerful Research Tool Providing Access to a Broad Supranational Body of Psychological Knowledge

  • Erich Weichselgartner
  • Christiane Baier
  • Roland Ramthun


In the scientific domain, millions of research papers in many different languages are published throughout the globe every year. This causes not only information overload, but because of the language barrier, researchers might not understand or even find articles that could be relevant for their work. Therefore, in the field of psychology, the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID) and its partners have created PubPsych (, an open access vertical search engine for psychological literature, tests, treatment programs and research data (metadata, not the content itself). We discuss the motivation for creating the system, design decisions, connected problems and our solutions, especially concerning multilingual information.


Psychology database Multilingual access Domain-specific vertical search engine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)TrierGermany

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