History

The History of The Philosopher’s Index–A Brief Chronology

1966
– Dr. Richard H. Lineback recognized the need for an index of philosophy journals;
he founded and became the editor of The Philosopher’s Index.
1967
– Dr. Lineback founded the Philosopher’s Information Center, which owns The Philosopher’s Index.
– The first issue of The Philosopher’s Index was published.
1969
– Abstracts were added to The Philosopher’s Index.
1970
– Dr. Lineback founded the Philosophy Documentation Center and served as its director for 25 years; during his tenure, the Philosophy Documentation Center published The Philosopher’s Index.
1976
– Funding for a retrospective project was received from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand coverage of The Philosopher’s Index to include U.S. journals from 1940-1967 and books from 1940.
1978
The Philosopher’s Index: A Retrospective Index to U.S. Publications from 1940 was published.
– Funding for a retrospective project was received from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand coverage of The Philosopher’s Index to include Non-U.S. journals from 1940-1967 and books from 1940.
1979
The Philosopher’s Index was made available online with DIALOG.
1980
The Philosopher’s Index: A Retrospective Index to Non-U.S. English Language Publications from 1940 was published.
1990
The Philosopher’s Index was made available on CD-ROM and online by OVID (formerly SilverPlatter).
2004
The Philosopher’s Index was made available from CSA (now ProQuest) and OCLC.
2007
The Philosopher’s Index was made available from EBSCO.
2014
– The print editions of The Philosopher’s Index were discontinued after 47 years of publication.