SEARCA's published agriculture papers on Asia expanded online

  • 18 February 2018

Source: Manila Standard
18 Feb 2018

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture here continues to expand the reach of its key knowledge resources in Asian agriculture and development through globally recognized academic databases online.

Leah Lyn Domingo, SEARCA public relations specialist, said these databases or search engines share an illustrious history of providing library resources, mainly to academic institutions.

"But the increasing availability of the internet over the years enabled these resources to become directly available to individual internet users. The world's countless researches and other academic collections are now available online through these database services by subscription or for free," Domingo said.

She said SEARCA's select academic publications have been made available through online database services over the years to make knowledge resources on Asia easily accessible to wider audiences.

Papers published in the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), SEARCA's international refereed journal, and other publications of the center can be accessed online.

Domingo these are found at AgEcon Search (, Research Papers in Economics (RePec) (, the Emerging Sources Citation Index of the Web of Science (ESCI WoS) (, and recently, EBSCO Information Services (

AJAD published papers reviewed by globally renowned experts provides information and analysis on topics within the broad scope of agriculture and development.

Published in June and December, AJAD promotes greater awareness on the latest findings in research, state-of-the-art technologies, new methodologies, and policy concerns in inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.

Articles published in AJAD result from empirical, policy-oriented, or institutional development studies, as well as articles of perspectives on agriculture and development, political economy of agricultural development, and trade issues.

Domingo said all AJAD articles since 2004 are open access from the AJAD website ( and those interested to publish in AJAD may find the submission guidelines and submit their articles at the website.

Also indexed in the academic databases are SEARCA's Discussion Papers, a series of scholarly papers aimed to disseminate information on current trends or researches and inspire discussion between the authors and other stakeholders in the same field of interest.

SEARCA's Discussion Paper Series and the rest of its publications may be accessed from the SEARCA website (

SEARCA publications are a part of its broader knowledge management (KM) program that promotes a learning culture, knowledge creation, and knowledge sharing and use among key actors in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia.

Domingo said the current KM Program aims to link science, practice, and policy toward food and nutrition security and rural poverty reduction in the region.

SEARCA is a nonprofit organization established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education and is its center of excellence in Agriculture.

SEARCA provides to its member countries high quality graduate study in agriculture; promotes, undertakes, and coordinates research programs related to the needs and problems of the Southeast Asian region; and disseminates the findings of agricultural research through its knowledge resources and knowledge events.