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, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell and Yale University Libraries, STM publishers and other technical partners.
# See AGORA Partners page. All 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
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.
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.
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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):
Central African Republic
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Moldova
São Tome and Principe
Syrian Arab Republic
United Republic of Tanzania
GROUP – B Countries (intended for use by the R4L partnership only):
Antigua and Barbuda
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo (in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999))
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
West Bank and Gaza Strip
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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).
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3.) If your account (UserID & password) has stopped working DO NOT REGISTER again, send an email to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org asking about the status of your 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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).
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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