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Animal Genetic Resources – an international journal


Animal Genetic Resources is a specialized journal supporting the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources. Papers (in English, French or Spanish, with a summary in all three languages) are published on the following areas of animal genetic resources management: phenotypic and molecular characterization; surveying and monitoring; development (genetic improvement); sustainable use; conservation; capacity-building in livestock-keeping communities; and policies and institutions. Two volumes are published per year.


About 600 papers have been published in Animal Genetic Resources over a period of more than 30 years. The journal began in 1983 as Animal Genetic Resources Information and was renamed Animal Genetic Resources in 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity.The journal was launched and initially published by FAO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) “with the aim of facilitating the spread of knowledge on animal genetic resources.”


A further objective is to play a capacity-building role among authors and potential authors of papers. This is reflected in the review process, which aims, where necessary, to support and advise authors who might otherwise have difficulty presenting their work in an appropriate form for publication in a scientific journal.


Since 2009, FAO has been publishing the journal jointly with Cambridge University Press. The journal is in the process of being indexed in Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.


About 1 700 institutions and readers, from 187 countries, subscribe to Animal Genetic Resources.


The journal archive can be accessed via the web site of Cambridge University Press (paper by paper; abstracts free, full papers requiring subscription) or at the links below (complete full-text issues – file size up to 7 MB):