The Poultry Science Association Foundation has begun work on its Legacy Project, which aims to make 88 years of Poultry Science articles available to researchers online for the first time.

The last 14 years of the journal are already available online, as Poultry Science went digital in 1996, but issues prior to that can be difficult to come by. "Because of space issues, many libraries only keep a few years of their traditional bound journals readily available in-house," said Foundation President Dr. William Saylor. "The rest they move to off-site storage facilities, making access to thousands of Poultry Science articles representing decades of research, including many groundbreaking papers, much more difficult."


The Legacy Project will scan, index, and make available online more than 600 back issues of the journal from 1921 through 1996, as well as issues of its predecessors International Association of Instructors and Investigators in Poultry Husbandry Proceedings (1908 through 1912) and the Journal of the American Association of Instructors and Investigators in Poultry Husbandry (1914 through 1921). The project is slated to be completed by July 2011.

Novus International gave a challenge grant of $30,000 at the PSA annual meeting in July 2009, representing half of the estimated $60,000 required to complete the digitization.