Brian Baker, Independent Consultant
Researchers, farmers, Extension educators and others who are looking for open access publications on organic farming and food systems can find them on Organic Eprints.
Organic Eprints is an international online archive of papers and projects related to research in organic food and farming. The archive is administered by the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) in Denmark, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Germany and Switzerland. A network of 24 editors is in charge of the entries.
The archive began in 2002, and the collection has grown steadily to more than 13,000 entries. Contributions represent work conducted on all arable continents and in over 50 countries.
While most of the available articles describe European research, expanding the content to include more research from around the world will benefit the organic agriculture research community. The archive offers researchers a way to increase the impact and citations of their publications, and it makes publications available to those who do not have full access through a library. It also increases the discoverability of papers that are difficult to find, such as conference papers and other grey literature.
To register in order to upload content and save searches, visit the registration page. For more information, contact the archive administrator Ilse A. Rasmussen at IlseA.Rasmussen (at) icrofs (dot) org. Before submitting their work, authors should be aware of the copyright issues surrounding each publication. The Organic ePrints Open Access and Copyrights page is a good place to start. For more information about Organic Eprints, view an online leaflet published by the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems.
This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.