Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)


The ASFA Partnership consists of over 100 institutions from around the world who each give their time voluntarily. Partnership functions on different levels, from UN co-sponsoring partners, who assist in the development of ASFA, to Associates, who receive free access to the ASFA database in return for providing feedback.

United Nations Co-sponsoring ASFA Partners

The UN Co-sponsoring Partners, besides input preparation, also inform the strategic direction of ASFA, helping the partnership to support UN wide goals related to all aspects of aquatic sciences and resources.

International ASFA Partners

The International ASFA Partners create records on OpenASFA for literature published within their geographic or subject area, including their own publications.

National ASFA Partners

The National ASFA Partners contribute to ASFA by producing OpenASFA records for the literature published within their own countries.

ASFA Associates

ASFA Associates receive free access to the ASFA database in return for providing feedback and exploring ways to contribute to ASFA's goals. The scheme is intended to increase access to the full ASFA database published by ProQuest for institutions that would otherwise be unable to afford a subscription. To be eligible to join the ASFA Associates scheme, an institution must have an aquatic sciences, fisheries or aquaculture focus, and produce scientific or technical literature. Although they do not have the same responsibilities as Partners, ASFA Associates are expected to explore contributing to AFSA, either by adding ASFA records, permitting their institutional repository to be harvested, or by participating in one of ASFA’s working groups. In addition, all Associates are asked to complete a quarterly online survey on usage of the ASFA Database in order to provide feedback. The Associates scheme is therefore designed to act as a feeder to becoming a full ASFA Partner, giving institutions the benefits of free access to the database whilst allowing time to explore how they could contribute to the Partnership. Preference to joining ASFA Associates is given to small institutions in low and middle income countries, but institutions from high income countries can also apply. An institution’s appointment to the ASFA Associates scheme shall be mutually approved by FAO ASFA Secretariat, ProQuest and the national ASFA partner if present in the country. If your institution is interested and qualifies to become the ASFA Associate, contact the ASFA Secretariat: [email protected].

The ASFA Publishing Partner

As well as being freely searchable on, OpenASFA records are exported to the ASFA Publishing partner (ProQuest) and included on the full ASFA database which at present contains over four million records. ASFA Partners and Associates receive complimentary access to the database published by ProQuest, who also makes the database commercially available to the public.

All ASFA Partners are represented on the ASFA Advisory Board, which meets regularly to review progress and decide the future direction of ASFA. The proceedings of the ASFA Advisory Board Meetings are published in the ASFA Advisory Board Meeting Reports.

Institutions interested in contributing literature to ASFA or in joining the ASFA Partnership should contact the ASFA Secretariat at FAO.

Contact us

For enquiries on ASFA, please email: [email protected]

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