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September 27, 2006

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender & Reproduction and Continuum International Publishing Group announce the launch of The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES), an online resource accessible to scholars, students, and the general public worldwide at  

Edited by Robert T. Francoeur and Raymond J. Noonan, The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality is the latest incarnation of the academically lauded 4-volume International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (IES), which has been widely praised for its in-depth reports on all aspects of global sexual behaviour and beliefs. 

Reviewing the text edition of the CCIES for the American Psychological Association, PsychCRITIQUES contributor Michael Stevens called the work, “a monumental reference book that makes a lasting contribution to the descriptions and understanding of contemporary human sexuality and relationships as manifested around the world.”  The World Association for Sexology has also endorsed the CCIES as “an important and unique contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the rich variety of human sexual attitudes, values, and behavior in cultures around the world.”  CHOICE, the journal for academic libraries, named it one of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2004.

Now, Continuum International Publishing Group has granted The Kinsey Institute a non-exclusive license to post CCIES on its website with open and free access for all.

With 28 country chapters online and new postings scheduled through October 2007, the online sexuality encyclopedia will feature research from 62 countries and places, compiled by 280 international sexuality experts.  Web users will also be encouraged to give their feedback and to make suggestions for future chapters and revisions.

The Kinsey Institute welcomes this opportunity to provide a valuable international reference resource directly to scholars and students, the media, and the interested public worldwide.  "We are committed to providing sexuality resource materials, especially to those who have limited access to major libraries," says Jennifer Bass, Communications Director at The Kinsey Institute.  "Hosting the CCIES, one of the most informative and comprehensive sources for the global study of sexual behavior, on our website is a major step towards that goal.”

We welcome your comments on the CCIES at

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