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The International Union for Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS) is an international, nongovernmental, professional organization devoted to the promotion of activities in psychological science. Its members, drawn from national professional societies and national academies, work to represent the full breadth of psychology as a profession and as a science.  Members of IUPsyS are organizations that represent psychology in each country.  In addition to its National Members, IUPsyS has a number of international affiliate organization and liaison associations that have individual members. 


The IUPsyS identifies issues that affect the conduct of science across disciplinary boundaries, including restrictions on the free circulation of scientists and dissemination of research publications, the effects of electronic publishing on the costs and accessibility of research articles in developing countries, and the impact of security considerations on the free flow of scientific and technical information. 


The U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science (USNC/IUPsyS) represents the interests of the U.S. psychological science community in the International Union for Psychological Science (IUPsyS), a scientific union member of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

Acting as a liaison between U.S. scientists and the international psychological community, the USNC/IUPsyS:


  • Promotes the advancement of psychological science within the United States and throughout the world.
  • Encourages participation of the U.S. scientific community in activities of the International Union for Psychological Science (IUPsyS), which serves to build global interaction among research.
  • Fosters international partnerships, cooperative research, and education through the organization and sponsorship of scientific meetings.
  • Advises the President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on matters pertaining to U.S. participation in the IUPsyS and sends delegations to the General Assemblies of the IUPsyS.


This material is based upon work that was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number BCS-1446732. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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