AGRIS is the International System for Agricultural Science and Technology, a global, 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,  AGRIS offers more than 10 million bibliographic records produced by more than 450 data providers including research centers, academic institutions, publishers, governmental bodies, development programmes, international and national organizations from 150 countries. More than 400,000 agricultural and research professionals worldwide access AGRIS resources each month.

Maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) of the United Nations, 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 book chapters and grey literature - including unpublished science and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers in the area of agriculture and related sciences.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 to data. 

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Contribute to AGRIS: 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 maintained 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.

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 related to food, nutrition, agriculture, forestry, fishery, environmental or other related sciences and are included in the AGROVOC thesaurus.

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.

Check your eligibility: email [email protected].  

How to submit data to AGRIS:

AGRIS receives metadata in various formats, the minimum elements being in AGRIS Application Profile (AP) XML format or better. The most common formats are: Crossref, DOAJ, Endnote, MARC21, MODS, Simple DC, and PubMed. In 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.

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

  • Sending data by email. In order to submit new data to AGRIS kindly send your data to [email protected] , if you have larger files, you are encouraged to use any file transfer service and use [email protected] 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 [email protected] .

>> How to submit data to AGRIS. Instructions to data providers


For more information about AGRIS: 

AGRIS: Providing Access to Bibliographic Information on Agricultural Science and Technology, by Subirats I., COAR 2018 Annual Meeting and General Assembly, Hamburg (Germany)
AGRIS: providing access to agricultural research data exploiting open data on the web, by Celli F, et al. , F1000Research 2015, 4:110
AGRIS: From a Bibliographic Database to a Semantic Data Service on Agricultural Research Information, by Fogarolli, Keizer, Anibaldi, Brickley, 2010, 13th IAALD World Congress