My vision for Psychology Resources Around the World is that it will become the ‘go to’ web resource for psychology by psychologists that is authoritative, encyclopaedic and free to both authors and readers. In noting that “Psychology has a long past, yet its real history is short” in Psychology: an elementary textbook, Herman Ebbinghaus (p. 3) was emphasising and foreseeing just how much the discipline had and would grow. Psychologists and their organisations are working around the world, conducting research and applying psychological methods and theories to their communities. The challenge is learning about what’s happening and seeing those developments in the context of wider social and cultural changes.
Psychology Resources Around the World will connect readers to the wealth of resources available online. The Internet is a fantastic resource for sharing the work of psychologists, with, for example, Wikipedia leading the way in developing a free encyclopaedia that is written collaboratively. The British Psychological Society and the Open University, for example, have mobilised the web to provide free tools – Origins and Epoch, respectively – through which readers can explore the development of psychology over time and in relation to wider social changes. There are many more lesser examples providing information about psychology and Psychology Resources Around the World will achieve its aim by providing a hub, using its thematic areas to link readers to appropriate websites.
Over time, I hope Psychology Resources Around the World will become the home for original content produced by psychologists from students to professors. Utilising the blog functions of the Internet, Psychology Resources Around the World will be free from much of the constraints (words/page limits, etc.) of the publishing industry and be free to both authors and readers.
Thank you to all those that have been involved in the development of Psychology Resources Around the World from its early beginnings as international directories to a CD ROM and then this website. In developing the website, I want to start by getting to grips with its function and how it’s used by updating sections and missing information, particularly missing links. Once that is completed, I shall refresh the advisory editorial board and appoint associate editors (watch this space for a call for associated editors)
Peter Branney, Leeds, UK