AGRIS: your link to worldwide agricultural information

AGRIS puts the world of agricultural research and information at your fingertips

The International System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS) is a multilingual bibliographic database that connects users directly to a rich collection of research and worldwide technical information on food and agriculture. Maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), AGRIS has been serving users from developed and developing countries through facilitating access to knowledge in agriculture, science and technology since 1975.

It offers 9,619,801 bibliographic records produced by more than 400 data providers (research centers, academic institutions, publishers, governmental bodies, development programmes, international and national organizations) from 144 countries. More than 400,000 agricultural and research professionals worldwide access AGRIS resources each month. While AGRIS is predominantly a bibliographic database, it also provides full text links to about 2 million of its records.

AGRIS facilitates access to publications, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers in the area of agriculture and related sciences. Most of the AGRIS records are indexed by AGROVOC (the FAO multilingual Thesaurus). AGROVOC is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining. It is also used as a specialized tagging resource for knowledge and content organization by FAO and other third-party stakeholders. New AGROVOC keywords can be suggested if needed, by sending an email to agrovoc@fao.org.

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How does it work?

Using AGRIS Portal

The AGRIS search engine is designed to help users locate agricultural scientific and technological information from journal articles, monographs, book chapters and grey literature, including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers. This information is provided from data providers worldwide in more than 90 languages.

AGRIS users can utilize the simple or the advanced search to retrieve the information they are looking for.

Simple Search

The simple search is available via the AGRIS Search interface and is very easy to use. Type in your keyword, phrase or syntax in the search bar and click the search icon on the far right side of the page.

Usage of Filters

Once the list of search results is displayed, users can narrow the number of results by using several filters listed on the left side of the screen.

Advanced Search

AGRIS also offers an advanced search tool via the AGRIS Advanced search interface. Advanced search users can apply Boolean search techniques, they can search specific content type, and they can also browse records by AGRIS centres and by countries. There is also a possibility to perform multilingual searches.

Structure of AGRIS records

Users can open a record by clicking on the title in the list of search results. The source of the record is displayed on top of the screen. Below the source, users will find the title, authors and abstract of the resource. Under the abstract, users can find information about the journal, year of publication, keywords and other information. If the full text of the record is available online, the corresponding link can be found on the upper right side of the screen. If the full text is not available online, we recommend to contact the data provider directly, using the information in the source.

For Contributors

Do you wish to be part of the AGRIS network and make your collection available through the AGRIS website? You can contribute your eligible bibliographic collection to the AGRIS database and enjoy the following benefits of being an AGRIS data provider:

  • AGRIS is an international brand: It has been existing for the past 43 years and is a brand that is well established and maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The records included in AGRIS are international and available in a number of languages;
  • Increased visibility: Records included in AGRIS are used by an average of 400 000 users each month worldwide - and the network is constantly growing. AGRIS is indexed by Google Scholar, thus extending the global access;
  • Opportunity to contribute to international science: By participating in AGRIS your publication is contributing towards bridging the access gap for scientific literature;
  • International audience: Contributing records to AGRIS enables data providers to be exposed to an international audience through the wide distribution of AGRIS.

How to become a data provider?

Eligibility

The first step to become an AGRIS data provider is to check your eligibility:

You can contribute to AGRIS as an institutional repository, journal publisher or as an aggregator. An institutional repository is a collection of bibliographic metadata created within a university or a research institution while an aggregator may gather metadata collections from many different institutional repositories.

AGRIS does not accept individual author contributions.

It is important that the most important keywords that describe your data collection are related to food, nutrition, agriculture, forestry, fishery, environmental or other related sciences and are included in the AGROVOC thesaurus.

Please send an email to agris@fao.org if your data collection meets these requisites. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will receive further details about your registration and an AGRIS ID will be allocated to you that will make it necessary for you to submit data to AGRIS.

Submitting your metadata records to AGRIS

The minimum requirements for AGRIS metadata are specified in the Meaningful Bibliographic Metadata (M2B) recommendations. M2B provides data providers with a list of mandatory and recommended properties to be included in the metadata of bibliographic records.

AGRIS accepts common xml metadata formats like Crossref, DOAJ, Endnote, MARC21, Mendeley, METS, MODS, and PubMed. Please specify what metadata standard you are using when you are submitting records to AGRIS for the first time.

The AGRIS team highly recommends to consider LODE-BD Recommendations 2.0 in order to learn about different metadata terms that can be used to describe properties included in the record.

To send your metadata to AGRIS kindly choose any of the following options:

  • Sending data by email. In order to submit new data to AGRIS kindly send your data to agris@fao.org , if you have larger files, you are encouraged to use any file transfer service and use agris@fao.org as the contact email. Once your data is received, an acknowledgement will be sent to you. Please note that you can also use your reference management software to export your metadata in various xml formats.

  • Harvesting environment. If you want to contribute your records from a journal or institutional repository - with an OAI-PMH compliant Open Journal System or repository software, you should provide access to your harvesting environment to enable the metadata to be harvested. Please Send details of your OAI-PMH to agris@fao.org .

Acceptable use policy

Access or use of this online service is subject to acceptance of specific terms and conditions. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions, please do not use this online service.

Disclaimer

The AGRIS online service and its content are made available by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO and AGRIS content providers make no warranty, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this content or its online services, nor represent that its use may not potentially infringe property rights. FAO makes no warranty that AGRIS online services and its content will be uninterrupted or error-free, nor that any defects will be corrected, nor that its online services or content will be free of viruses or other harmful components. FAO assumes no liability for possible damages or implications which occur by direct or indirect use of AGRIS services or content.

Copyright

AGRIS content is licensed under the international Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY IGO 3.0).

If you need further assistance or have any questions related, please contact copyright@fao.org.

FAQ

  1. What is AGRIS?

  2. Who uses AGRIS?

  3. What subjects are covered by AGRIS?

  4. Which types of publications are indexed by AGRIS?

  5. In which languages are literature available in AGRIS?

  6. How can I perform searches in AGRIS?

  7. How can I perform advanced searches in AGRIS?

  8. Does AGRIS provide access to full text articles?

  9. Which options do I have if AGRIS does not provide access to the full text?

  10. How can I save individual records?

  11. Is AGRIS an OAI-PMH compliant repository?

  12. Is AGRIS an open access repository?

  13. How to become an AGRIS data provider?

1. What is AGRIS?

AGRIS (International System for Agricultural Science and Technology) is one of the World’s leading public information service that provides access to a rich collection of publications and information about agriculture, science and technology. The database is comprised of structured bibliographic records in the areas of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. More than 20% of these records direct the user to the full text on the web. The database is maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its content is provided by more than 400 participating institutions from 144 countries.

2. Who uses AGRIS?

AGRIS is used by whoever is interested to find literature about food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. The known user groups include students, scientists, librarians, researchers, publishers and policy makers. Searches are usually performed via the AGRIS search engine. In most cases, AGRIS is used to find literature in pursuit of an academic endeavor, research and background studies for policy makers. It is also used to obtain an overview of what has been published in a certain domain.

3. What subjects are covered by AGRIS?

AGRIS covers agriculture as defined by FAO – this includes broader aspects of agriculture covering forestry, fisheries, animal sciences, nutrition, climate change, natural resources, land and water. Most AGRIS records are indexed by AGROVOC (the FAO multilingual Thesaurus). AGROVOC is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining.

4. Which types of publications are indexed by AGRIS?

AGRIS collects a variety of published articles and grey literature. The most common content types available include bibliographies, books, book chapters, conference papers, journal articles, theses and many others. Most of the records are journal articles.

5. In which languages are literature available in AGRIS?

AGRIS collects literature, in theory, in all the 29 languages covered by AGROVOC. Currently, AGRIS contains literature in: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Korean, and Farsi. Even if most AGRIS records are in English, the system uses AGROVOC to translate the user’s query in all languages available in AGROVOC.

6. How can I perform searches in AGRIS?

The AGRIS search engine allows users to perform sophisticated searches using keywords from the AGROVOC thesaurus, specific journal titles or names of countries, institutions, and authors. The number of search results can be narrowed down with several filters that can be found of the left side of the search results list. There is also an option to carry out advanced searches using the “Get Advanced Search” where more options to filter the results are available.

7. How can I perform advanced searches in AGRIS?

The advanced search can be accessed on the AGRIS search interface in two areas - on the AGRIS homepage under the main search bar and in the upper right corner in the list of search results. The advanced search allows you to search records filtered by data providers, language of records, content types, range of publication dates and records that contains explicit links to full text articles.

8. Does AGRIS provide access to full text articles?

AGRIS is predominantly a bibliographic database that provides citations and that does not store full text articles. In about 20% of cases, an AGRIS record does provide an access link to the full text (only if the article is freely available online). In this case, you will see a clickable icon next to ‘Access the full text’, displayed on the right side of the screen. Otherwise this section will indicate that the full text is not available.

9. Which options do I have if AGRIS does not provide access to the full text?

All AGRIS records provide metadata that shows the source of the record. Please contact the data provider directly in order to get access to the full text of the record. AGRIS cannot provide access to records that do not already include full text links.

10. How can I save individual records?

AGRIS allows you to save the metadata of individual records in three formats: AGRIS AP, RIS or Endnote xml. Once you have clicked on a record, you can find these options on the right side of the screen. It is currently not possible to save the list of search results.

11. Is AGRIS an OAI-PMH compliant repository?

AGRIS is not an OAI-PMH compliant repository. However the AGRIS team is working on the option to share AGRIS upon request that will be available soon.

12. Is AGRIS an open access repository?

AGRIS is a bibliographic database that provides citations in the areas of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. In some cases AGRIS records provide access to the full text of openly available resources that are freely accessible online. The metadata of AGRIS records are licensed under the international Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY IGO 3.0).

13. How to become an AGRIS data provider?

You can contribute to AGRIS either as an institutional repository, journal publisher or as an aggregator. An institutional repository is a collection of bibliographic metadata created within a university or a research institution while an aggregator may gather metadata collections from many different institutional repositories.

It is important that the most important keywords that describe your data collection are related to food, nutrition, agriculture, forestry, fishery, environmental or other related sciences and are included in the AGROVOC thesaurus.

Please send an email to agris@fao.org if your data collection meets these requisites and carefully read the instructions provided in the section “How does it work for Contributors”.