50 years of ZPID

The Leibniz Institute for Psychology began its work in 1972

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What started as a project with five employees at the University of Trier 50 years ago has matured into an international infrastructure institute. The Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) is a founding member of the German Leibniz Association (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft) and as of 2013 it has been declared a legally independent institution established under public law by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Today, with a team of more than 60 employees, the institute provides an information and documentation infrastructure serving the field of psychology in the German-speaking countries. Guided by the principles of an ideal-typical research cycle, it supports the entire scientific work process from literature research and study planning to data collection and evaluation to the documentation, archiving, and publication of results. Fully committed to the idea of open science, the Leibniz Institute for Psychology envisions its mission as that of a public open science institute for psychology accessible to all.

Today the origins of the institute are still visible in its original German name “Zentralstelle für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation” (ZPID; "Center for Psychological Information and Documentation")adopted by the project more than 50 years ago.

Detailed information on the institute’s development can be found here:

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