The 2002 edition of the CD-Rom is published as part of the International Journal of Psychology and distributed automatically to all libraries subscribing to the Journal. It is also available for separate purchase as a free-standing reference tool (for use on PC's only).
The CD-Rom is an update of the previous edition which was published in 2001. A major new feature is the inclusion of the abstracts of the XXV International Congress of Psychology (Brussels 1992), which appear in addition to those of the XXVI ICP (Montreal 1996) and XXVII ICP (Stockholm 2000).
Other new additions include a Timeline of Psychological Ideas, a List of Useful Psychology Websites and the special issue recently published in the International Journal of Psychology, and guest edited by Hiroshi Imada, on Origin and Development of Scientific Psychology in Selected Different Parts of the World: Retrospect and Prospect at the Turn of the Century.
There are also major updates to the Directory of Child and Family Research Centres in Developing Countries and Eastern Europe and to the Health Net Directory, whilst further updates have been made to: the National Survey; the history, state of psychology and national society contact information (including postal, electronic and internet addresses); the Directory of International Psychological Organizations; as well as updates to the important material related to the International Union of Psychological Science, including its members, statutes and publications. All the remaining features from the previous editions will appear on Edition 2002.
The resource tools are held as separable, searchable files using proprietary integrated software. Links allow the user to search from country in one resource file to research institute in a second file to a congress author in a third. The Union's new, updated electronic resource guide will make information about psychological science and its worldwide context more readily available and will be especially helpful to those seeking international collaborations or wishing to trace the development of psychology in a country or region.