AGRIS: your link to worldwide agricultural information

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

AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology, a multilingual bibliographic database that connects users directly to a rich collection of research and worldwide technical information on food and agriculture.

One of the world’s leading public information services that offers 11,714,169 bibliographic records produced by more than 500 data providers including research centers, academic institutions, publishers, governmental bodies, development programmes, international and national organizations from 148 countries. More than 400,000 agricultural and research professionals worldwide access AGRIS resources each month.

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 1974.

While AGRIS is predominantly a bibliographic database, it also provides full text links to about 3 million of its records. It facilitates access to publications, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers in the area of agriculture and related sciences.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. AGRIS is also indexed and made accessible via Google Scholar, thus extending the global access.

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How does it work?

Using AGRIS Portal

The AGRIS search interface is available on the AGRIS homepage and very easy to use. Type in a keyword, phrase or syntax in the search bar and click the search icon on the far right side of the page. You can search by a specific content type, display only resources with full text access and browse records by country and AGRIS center. There is also a possibility to perform multilingual searches.

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.

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, information is displayed about the journal, year of publication, keywords and other details. 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. AGRIS does not store the full texts of the records and thus cannot share them.

For Contributors

You can be part of the AGRIS network and contribute an eligible bibliographic collection to the AGRIS database while enjoying the following benefits of being an AGRIS data provider:

  • AGRIS is an international brand:It has been in existence for the past 45 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 more than 90 languages;
  • Increased visibility: Records included in AGRIS are used by an average of 400,000 users every month worldwide - and the network is constantly growing. AGRIS is also indexed and made accessible via Google Scholar, thus extending the global access to your data. For example, in 2019, 60% of users accessed AGRIS resources from Google and other search engines, and 25% came directly from Google Scholar.
  • 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

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 majority of the keywords describing your data collection are included in the AGROVOC thesaurus and related to agriculture as defined by FAO. This includes FAO’s key areas of work that encompass broader aspects of agriculture covering forestry, fisheries, animal sciences, nutrition, climate change, natural resources, land and water or other related sciences.

Check your eligibility: email agris@fao.org.

How to submit data to AGRIS

AGRIS receives metadata in various formats, like the AGRIS Application Profile (AP) XML format as a minimum standard or better. The most common formats are: Crossref, DOAJ, Endnote, MARC21, MODS, Simple DC, and PubMed. In the case that you need to create metadata from scratch, it is recommended to use your reference management software to export your data in XML format. There are also reference management software applications that can be downloaded for free, for example Mendeley or Zotero.

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. 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. Does AGRIS provide access to full text articles?
  8. Which options do I have if AGRIS does not provide access to the full text?
  9. How can I save individual records?
  10. Is AGRIS an OAI-PMH compliant repository?
  11. Is AGRIS an open access repository?
  12. How to become an AGRIS data provider?

1. What is AGRIS?

AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology, a multilingual bibliographic database that connects users directly to a rich collection of research and worldwide technical information on food and agriculture. It is one of the World’s leading public information services that is comprised of structured bibliographic records in the areas of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGRIS also provides full text links to more than 3 million of its records. The database is maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its content is provided by more than 500 participating institutions from 148 countries. AGRIS is also indexed and made accessible via Google Scholar, thus extending the global access.

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. 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 FAO’s key areas of work that encompass 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 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 records are journal articles.

5. In which languages are literature available in AGRIS?

Currently, most of the literature that can be found through AGRIS is written in: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Korean, and Farsi. Even if the majority of the AGRIS records are in English, the system uses AGROVOC to translate the user’s query in all languages available in AGROVOC. Like this, searches can be performed in other languages as well, like e.g. Hindi, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Polish, Filipino etc.

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.

7. 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. It provides full text links to more than 3 million of its records (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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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).

12. How to become an AGRIS data provider?

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 majority of the keywords describing your data collection are included in the AGROVOC thesaurus and related to agriculture as defined by FAO. This includes FAO’s key areas of work that encompass broader aspects of agriculture covering forestry, fisheries, animal sciences, nutrition, climate change, natural resources, land and water or other related sciences.