The digitization of a flagship title in psychology: a look back at the first year of implementation of the national program of concerted digitization between Persée and the PCP Psychology and Psychoanalysis (PCPsy)
Objectives and stakes of the National Program of Concerted Digitization Persee/PCP
This program consists of integrating into the Perseus portal a selection of titles included in the national thematic PCPs, in accordance with the editorial policy of the Persee portal and its scientific orientations. The purpose of the digitization is the open dissemination of the publication through the Persee portal.
Defining a national collaborative digitization program based on PCPs allows:
- Provide access to new content that is closer to the needs of researchers;
- Encourage the emergence of new uses for research and exploitation of digital content (text mining, use of repositories, bibliometry, etc.);
- To optimize the visibility, access and use of periodical collections held by libraries.
History of the partnership: an experimental cooperation between the Henri-Piéron Library and Persée for the digitization of psychology and psychoanalysis journals
The Henri-Piéron Library, which was the cradle of French scientific psychology in 1889 and the library of the Paris Institute of Psychology in the 20th century, was named “CollEx delegate” on a program that included, among other things, the creation in 2018 of a Shared Conservation Plan for Periodicals and the digitization of collections with Persée.
In order to facilitate the digitization of a part of the PCPsy, titles, the Henri-Piéron Library has from the outset built up collections of duplicates from donations, which has enabled it to volunteer to participate in the national Persée/PCP concerted digitization program since the experimental phase. The financing by the GIS CollEx-Persée (credits from the delegated libraries and subsidy to the PCP granted via the triennial call for projects 2020-2022) allows it to recruit agents specifically to make complete collections available to Persée, editorial validation and alignment of author authorities with IdRef.
The selection process of scientific journals
The first step, the selection of titles to be digitized, was conducted with the scientific community.
Based on a list of essential titles for study and research, compiled in collaboration with Prof. Benoît Verdon, deputy director of the Laboratoire Psychologie Clinique, Psychopathologie, Psychanalyse (PCPP, EA 4056), a survey of all the psychology and psychoanalysis laboratories in the territory was conducted, so that researchers could express their interest in digitizing the proposed titles.
The responses from members of 25 laboratories (Aix-Marseille, Angers, Besançon, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers, Rennes, Rouen, Toulouse) revealed a great diversity of interests, but also a few essential titles to be digitized in priority.
These essential titles were proposed to Perseus in order to validate their scientific choice according to what exists in the persee.fr portal and according to its documentary charter.
Then, the publishers of the journals were contacted by the Henri-Piéron Library in order to obtain their agreement on the digitization project and their participation in two essential steps of the digitization process: the collection of distribution rights from the authors and the editorial validation, which is the quality control carried out on the enrichments made by the Persée team.
Based on indications from researchers, approvals obtained, and the immediate availability of duplicates, digitization of an initial title began in the fall of 2020.
Contemporary to the establishment of the psychology degree (1947), the Bulletin de psychologie, distributed in more than forty countries, is an independent French language journal. It is its own publisher and distributor and lives thanks to its readers, subscribers, authors and to the voluntary work of the members of its editorial committee. It welcomes French and foreign works of psychology which are part of all the currents of research and encourages the publication of original works. The digitization covers the years before the journal was put online on Cairn, i.e. the period 1948-2004, for a total of 52000 pages.
Benefits of digitizing the Bulletin de psychologie
The online publication of this title is a major benefit for researchers in the discipline who will be able to access the entire collection online onpersee.fr and on Cairn. Moreover, thanks to an optimized referencing system, the articles of this journal will be very visible on the web and easily accessible from search engines.
As the Bulletin is located in 192 libraries in the Sudoc network, the online availability of a digital version will allow for significant space savings in the store if institutions that own this title in paper format wish to weed it. It is also an opportunity for libraries to develop digital services for researchers and students. Indeed, this digitization not only guarantees constant access to the articles of this essential title, but also allows the development of new uses for the collections, notably thanks to the exploitation of data made possible in the Persée triplestore .
Jean Guillemain, in charge of the Library Henri-Piéron / Université de Paris
and Héloïse Marill, Head of the Partnerships and Networks Unit at Persée