Register to AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) and start using its content

AGORA is one of the four programmes making up Research4Life coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on behalf of its many public and private partners. Since its launch in 2003, AGORA's goal has been that to provide free (complementary to open access) or low cost access to peer-reviewed journals and e- books in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. 

The Research4Life (R4L; started in 2001 with HINARI programme) partners include the world’s leading scientific publishers, WHO, FAO, UNEPWIPOCornell and Yale University Libraries, STM publishers and other technical partners.

See AGORA Partners pageAll R4L publishers are committed to working with R4L/AGRORA in its current format at least until the end of 2020. At that time, the initiative will be reviewed and adapted as needed.

Institutions wishing to use AGORA content

Content offered by publishers to institution categories within countries, areas and territories

must register (see the section below: “Register to AGORA and use its content”) with FAO. Access to AGORA is password controlled, and upon successful completion of the registration process, your institution's library will receive a password that can be used by all students, faculty and/or staff at your institution.

NOTE: 
Since the new authentication system is on - AGORA also gained some institutions originally registered for other R4L programmes that now have access to AGORA. 

AGORA :  ELIGIBILITY : Countries - Group A and Group B

The AGORA Publisher Partners offer free access to relevant institutions in the  GROUP - A countries and low cost access to the GROUP - B countries listed below. The country lists are based on these criteria.  

Please note:

  • This list of countries, areas, and territories is intended for use by the R4L partnership only.
  • Given the specific nature of the design of this list which incorporates factors relevant to our public-private-partnership, R4L recommends that anyone seeking a list of countries fitting certain criteria should consult original United Nations, UNDP, and World Bank data.

Within these countries AGORA will benefit not-for-profit national academic, research or government institutions in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences.  Individual publishers reserve the right to add to or delete from these country eligibility lists. 

GROUP – A Countries (intended for use by the R4L partnership only):

Afghanistan

Angola

Bangladesh

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cabo Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Congo

Côte d’Ivoire

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gambia

Ghana

 

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Honduras

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Micronesia (Federated States of)

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Papua New Guinea

Republic of Moldova

Rwanda

Samoa

São Tome and Principe

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Swaziland

Syrian Arab Republic

Tajikistan

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tuvalu

Uganda

United Republic of Tanzania

Vanuatu

Viet Nam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

GROUP – B Countries (intended for use by the R4L partnership only):

Albania

Algeria

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Cook Islands

Dominica

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Fiji

Gabon

Georgia

Grenada

Guyana

Iraq

Jamaica

Jordan

Kosovo (in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999))

Libya

Maldives

Marshall Islands

Mauritius 

Mongolia

Montenegro

Nauru

Nigeria

Niue

Pakistan

Palau

Paraguay

Saint Helena          

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Seychelles

Serbia

Sri Lanka

Suriname

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Tonga

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

West Bank and Gaza Strip

#  Please note:

  • All institutions registering from Group B are entitled to a six month trial (AGORA costs US $1500 per institution per calendar year, from January through December). Registered institutions in Group B will be invoiced in due course by WHO (for FAO/R4L) for the $1500 fee for access. 
    The income generated will be invested in local training initiatives.
  • If your institution is in Group B country, and you cannot or choose not to pay the annual fee, your institution will still be eligible for free access to a certain number of information resources from some publishers.
  • Library consortia can also negotiate agreements directly with the publishers.

Even if you are not eligible for full access to one of the R4L programmes, there are many free, full-text references listed on each R4L Programme’s website. The abstracts of all journals listed on R4L websites are freely accessible to all users. You do not need a username to access these or any listed free access resources. In addition you may want to research what is available through other initiatives (LIBLICENSE: Licensing Digital Content).

For more information contact partners@research4life.org; AGORA (Research for Agriculture) : agora@fao.org

REGISTER to AGORA and USE its CONTENT

AGORA accepts registrations separately only from institutions in Group A and Group B countries, areas and territories, and does not accept registrations from individuals

Eligible institutions are: national universities, professional schools (medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, public health, engineering, etc.), research institutes, teaching  hospitals and healthcare centers, government offices, national libraries, agricultural extension centers and local non-governmental organizations.

Institutions can register for AGORA through its parent programme Research4Life. To register with the AGORA programme kindly CLICK HERE and follow this simple guideline below:

BEFORE REGISTRATION:

1.) Before filling the online form, please make sure that you have all the needed information. The more information you provide on the form, the faster we can process your registration.

2.) If your institution is a UNIVERSITY or PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL, before filling the form, check the AGORA registered universities and professional schools. If your institution is already listed DO NOT REGISTER again. Ask at your library for the access first and then send an enquiry to agora@fao.org

3.) If your account (UserID & password) has stopped working DO NOT REGISTER again, send an email to agora@fao.org explaining the problem. They will work with you to reactivate your access.

4.) Do NOT FILL MULTIPLE REGISTRATIONS while you wait to hear from AGORA. This just slows down the processing of all registrations while we check and eliminate duplicates. You may send an enquiry to agora@fao.org asking about the status of your registration

DURING REGISTRATION:

5.) Please note that Research4Life programmes NEED TWO (preferably three) OFFICIAL CONTACTS to process the request. please write full names and institutional email addresses  of all contacts.

6.) Activities and Comments fields have a LIMIT OF 255 CHARACTERS, (this is individual letters and numbers not words). If you cannot fill in some valuable information or don’t have enough space to provide complete explanation, send an email with the additional details to the relevant HelpDesk including your country and instiution’s name.

7.) Be careful selecting the CORRECT COUNTRY, AREA, OR TERRITORY NAME. If it is not listed, it is not eligible for R4L programmes.

8.) AVOID ACRONYMS and spell out the complete name of institutions and departments. All telephone fields are exclusively numeric: no symbols, no spaces are allowed.

AFTER REGISTRATION:

9.) As standard procedure, the WELCOME MESSAGE to AGORA programme is sent to the director and library contacts. If you are registering on behalf your institution, alert them that they will receive an email from agora@fao.org if the registration is approved.

 10.) With the welcome message, the director and the library contacts will receive a LICENSE AGREEMENT. Encourage them to fill it out, sign and return quickly after receipt.

Do not hesitate to contact AGORA HelpDesk at agora@fao.org for any question or problem during registration!

AGORA has also its own DGroup – an e-mail based communication and discussion channel where members receive updates, blog posts and news.

Search, browse AGORA content

The scope of the research resources present in AGORA is wide-ranging. AGORA features 22 topical themes, on: agriculture, animal science, applied microbiology, aquatic science, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, economics, entomology, environment, fisheries, food science, forestry, natural resources, nutrition, pest control, plant science, social science, soil science.

To gain access to AGORA contents, users need computers connected to the Internet. Publications are in several languages and are a mixture of journals, books, e-books, media reports and technical reports. Looking forward AGORA’s collection of research resources is likely to continue to grow at an impressive rate.

You will be reminded to Login to AGORA to access full-text and more content.

Learn more how to search and browse AGORA content:

Webinars@AIMS:

To search full-text inside AGORA, you can use Summon search engine - AGORA’s Google-like search engine. Depending on how vague specific your search is, you’ll be linked directly to scores of resources that match your keywords.

Please note:

  • AGORA : Document supply: you may not distribute documents obtained through AGORA to any other individuals or organizations.
  • AGORA : Uploading: you may not upload/post your AGORA account information to a publicly available website, blog or elsewhere.
  • Do not share the Publisher’s Material or ID/password to other individuals or institutions.

Through Forums on Open Data and Open Science - - being promoted at the international level by FAO - -  stakeholders and target groups can enhance their skills and capacities concerning search/browse/use of AGORA content and that in International Information System for the Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS).

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Whether your institution is registered with AGORA or not, everyone has a role to play in spreading the word !

You can help by passing this post on to colleagues who may not have heard of AGORA, or Research4Life.

Thank you for your interest and collaboration !

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