30 September 2007

PMN Provides Journal Access to Countries with Developing Economies

Access to all Plant Management Network online journals and resources is now available at no or reduced cost to institutions in more than 100 of the world’s poorest countries. Access is facilitated by a program titled Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture or AGORA, a cooperative initiative that provides free or low-cost journal access.

By contributing it's journals to AGORA, PMN joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other publishers in providing libraries in developing countries an outstanding digital collection of over 1,100 journals in food, agriculture, and related sciences. PMN’s contribution includes the journals Crop Management, Forage and Grazinglands, Plant Health Progress, and Applied Turfgrass Science.

The goal of AGORA is to increase the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education, and training in low-income countries and, in turn, improve food security. Miles Wimer, PMN's director, said, "We are proud to be able to participate in the AGORA project. PMN is a self-sustaining, not-for-profit effort that funds itself through partnerships and institutional subscription sales in the developed world. As paid subscriptions increase, subscribing libraries can claim a role in supporting PMN's ability to share its resources at AGORA-qualified institutions."

The Plant Management Network is a cooperative not-for-profit resource for the applied agricultural and horticultural sciences. Designed to provide practitioners fast electronic access to proven solutions, PMN offers four peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, field trials publications, image collections, and an extensive searchable database comprised of thousands of web-based resource pages from the Network's partner universities, companies, and not-for-profit scientific societies.


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