Access Innovations, Inc., the provider of Data Harmony software solutions, is proud to announce the deployment of a new Machine Aided Indexing (M.A.I.®) system for the American Psychological Association (APA). The goal of this new system is to provide more consistent and efficient indexing of the content of the PsycINFO database, which currently comprises more than 4.6 million records covering nearly 2,300 journals.

With approximately 2,500-3,000 new records published every week in the PsycINFO database, APA needed a new system that would provide more than just consistent and efficient indexing. It would also need to reduce the time spent on indexing by APA’s in-house production staff. This facilitates enhanced quality control processes by reducing the time and effort needed for the review and correction of indexing. To this end, APA contracted with Access Innovations, Inc. to provide access to the MAIstro™ software to facilitate APA’s construction of a rule base that would describe the 10,000 indexing terms from its Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, which encompasses the psychological and behavioral literature covered in the PsycINFO database. “With M.A.I.®, APA Publishing takes a significant step into the artificial intelligence (AI) arena, leveraging Machine Learning to improve the specificity, accuracy, and searchability of PsycINFO discovery solutions,” said Jasper Simons, Chief Publishing Officer at the American Psychological Association.

“Working with Access Innovations on this project has been extremely valuable,” said Christopher Pearson, Machine-Aided Indexing Specialist at the APA. “Their efforts have allowed us to apply M.A.I.® to a large portion of our content and set up a continuous feedback loop to establish a connection between our in-house staff and freelancer network.”

“It has been a pleasure working on this project with the APA,” added Mary Garcia, client support specialist for Access Innovations. “We believe that this new M.A.I.® implementation will facilitate their ability to merge content, standardize indexing, and improve accuracy across their content network.”

Going forward, the APA hopes to apply Data Harmony’s Machine-Aided Indexing into additional subject matter content, including interdisciplinary and non-English-language journals and to build a rule base and deploy MAI into its PsycTESTS database production system, which APA believes should facilitate more enhanced methods for quality control.

About Access Innovations, Inc. –,

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations is the pioneer and industry leader in making information assets easily and automatically discoverable.  Our major advantage is our patented, award-winning Data Harmony software, combined with the technical expertise to create information discovery systems that meet unique client needs.

About the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.  APA’s membership includes nearly 115,400 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial, and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.