June 8, 2010

AgEcon Search now has 40,000 papers

On Monday, June 7, 2010, AgEcon Search reached a milestone - 40,000 papers. The 40,000th paper is:

Political Competition and Support for Agriculture
Jan Falkowski and Alessandro Olper
Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO)
2010 IAMO Forum, June 16-18, 2010, Halle (Saale), Germany

As of now, AgEcon Search contributions come from 253 groups in 40 countries, and papers are in 9 languages.

May 17, 2010

Can I post my latest paper on my Web page? A few answers about your rights as an author

Before you submit you latest paper, you post a copy on your personal Web site. Last year you posted your copy of a paper that included the revisions suggested by the reviewers. Your colleague down the hall takes the publisher's PDFs and adds them to his Web site.

Is that OK?

The answer is: it depends on the publisher.

How do you find out what a publisher allows? If you saved the copyright or license agreement that you signed, you can check the fine print. Or it might be easier to:

* Look on the publisher's Web site, in the section probably called Open Access or Author's Rights

* Check the Sherpa/Romeo Web site, at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ It gathers information from many publishers in one place, and groups them into categories based on whether you are may post papers before the review process (pre-prints), after the review process (post-prints), both, or neither.

Publishers may specify where you may post your paper, including your personal Web site, a repository at your institution, or a subject repository such as AgEcon Search. They may also note when you may post the article, with many having an embargo of 1 to 2 years for the post-review versions. Some require that you provide a link to the publisher's Web site where the "official" version is available.

For example, if you have a paper in Food Policy, published by Elsevier, you may put a pre-print on your Web site or a repository at your institution. You may also include your version of the paper with revisions (post-print), if you include the complete citation and the digital object identifier, the paper's unique identification number. In subject repositories such as AgEcon Search, you may post a pre-print. Details are at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorsview.authors/copyright#whatrights

Very few publishers allow authors to post the final PDF versions of their papers in any setting.

Conference papers and working papers are different. In most cases, authors retain the copyright, and you may post these works where ever you choose.

If you have questions about where and when you can post your papers, contact your local librarian. If you are interested in including pre-prints or post-prints on AgEcon Search, please contact us at aesearch@umn.edu.

January 14, 2010

New groups contributing to AgEcon Search, 12/2009

The following group is now contributing materials to AgEcon Search:

* Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN)

New journals in AgEcon Search are:

* Asian Agricultural Research
* Revista de Economia e Agronegócio / Brazilian Review of Economics and Agribusiness

October 29, 2009

AgEcon Search includes 36,000 papers

AgEcon Search, http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/ now contains 36,000 papers from 215 organizations in 40 countries. This includes material from 30 journals. The newest journals are:

* Asian Agricultural Research
* GAZDÁLKODÁS: Scientific Journal on Agricultural Economics
* Journal of Cooperatives
* Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development
* Journal of Rural Cooperation
* Journal of Rural Development/Nongchon-Gyeongje
* Land Use and Water Resources Research
* Organizações Rurais e Agroindustriais/Rural and Agro-Industrial Organizations
* Revista de Economia e Agronegócio / Brazilian Review of Economics and Agribusiness
* Revista Española de Estudios Agrosociales y Pesqueros

September 3, 2009

IAAE 2009 Plenary papers are now in AgEcon Search

August 21, 2009

IAAE 2009 has 878 attendees from 66 countries

The 2009 IAAE meeting has representatives from 66 countries, and a total registration of 878 delegates. Mainland China has the highest number, with 216 attendees, and other countries with a high number of attendees include the United States (140) and Germany (76).

For the complete list of attendees, see Issues #6 of the Cowbell, the IAAE Conference Newsletter, at

Plenary Papers from IAAE 2009 will soon be in AgEcon Search

Delegates attending the IAAE 2009 received printed copies of 18 plenary papers, and they will soon be available on AgEcon Search. Plenary topics include trade, development, the role of emerging economies, market power, public goods, modelling, energy, the food crisis, and collective action.

A full list of the plenary sessions plus author biographies is available at

China Focus Session at IAAE 2009

Addresses from the two government officials and two academics. Topics included rural reform and development, prospects for poverty reduction in rural China, and the role of hybrid rice in food security.

August 20, 2009

IAAE talks include experts from other fields

Several talks at the 2009 IAAE meeting in Beijing were given by experts from outside agricultural economics, by special invitation from Johann Kirsten, VIce President for Programme.

They include:

* Peter Davis, UK Competition Commission

* Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, USA

* Giles Allaire, INRA, France

* Anastasios Xepapadeas, Athens University of Economics and Business

* Robert Jensen, UCLA School of Public Affairs, USA

August 18, 2009

IAAE Presidential address by Dr. David Colman: Agriculture's Terms of Trade: Issues and Implications

In his Presidential address on 8/17, Dr. David Colman discussed the question of whether agriculture commodity prices will diverge from other sector prices. He feels that it is likely that agriculture's terms of trade will improve against other sectors, with the situation varying by country and commodity. He feels that the big questions for agriculture in the future are not about prices, but are about 1) how many people will adapt to remain successful in farming, 2) how instututions and policy will adapt to assist those living off the land, 3) how trade reform might reduce obsticles to agricultural development in poorer countries, and 4) how to deal with the displacement effects of climate change on agriculture.