Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information

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The Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information and Documentation (German: Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID) ) is a supraregional expert information center located in Trier, Germany and belongs to the Leibniz Association. Its main function is to document scientific literature published in the German-speaking world in terms of the subject Psychology. Another major task is to convey this literature Germany-wide and international.


The first idea of founding an psychological expert information center came up in 1963. Seven years later, in 1970, the German society for Psychology (German: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie) finally decided to establish the center. The official foundation was in 1971 by Professor Dr. Günther Reinert at the University of Trier. Initially founded as a project, the ZPID got the status of a central scientific institution at the University of Trier in 1988. Since the beginning of 2013, ZPID is a public-law institution of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is still located at and scientifically cooperates with the University of Trier. Directors:

  • 1972 - 1979: Professor Dr. Günther Reinert
  • 1979 - 2003: Professor Dr. Leo Montada
  • since 2004: Professor Dr. Günter Krampen


The ZPID is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health (Germany) and by the sixteen German states.

Products and Services[edit]

The main product of the ZPID is the database “PSYNDEX[1] including the segments “PSYNDEX Literatur & AV” (PSYNDEX literature and audiovisual media) and “PSYNDEX Tests”. PSYNDEX is a database for psychology, which contains over 250.000 references (May 2012) of the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Journal articles, books, essays from miscellanies, dissertations, audiovisual media and tests are getting indexed. Other products and services are among other things:


  1. ^ English PSYNDEX Website, accessed Aug 29, 2013
  2. ^ English PubPsych Website, accessed Aug 29, 2013

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