DAO - About the Journal



Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (DAO) is international and interdisciplinary. The journal was founded by Professor Otto Kinne. It publishes Research Articles, Reviews, and Notes, as well as Comments/Reply Comments (for details see DAO 48:161), Theme Sections and Opinion Pieces. For details consult the Guidelines for Authors. Papers may cover all forms of life - animals, plants and microorganisms - in marine, limnetic and brackish habitats.


Editors, Review Editors and a large number of Anonymous Referees - all internationally acknowledged experts - assure constructive, fair and prompt peer reviews, and a critical selection of high-quality papers.


Top journal


A leading journal in its field, DAO is indexed by ISI under the following subject area categories: Fisheries, Marine & Freshwater Biology, and Veterinary Science. According to the Journal Citation Reports 2015 Release, DAO features an Impact Factor of 1.543. DAO is also included in the PubMed database, and all articles can be accessed via direct links from PubMed entries.




Diseases affect all facets of life - at the cell, tissue, organ, individual, population and ecosystem level. Since life originated in an aquatic medium, studies of disease phenomena in the wide array of aquatic taxa contribute significantly to the analysis, comprehension, prevention and treatment of diseases in general, i.e., also those of organisms now inhabiting terrestrial environments including Homo sapiens. DAO aims to cover all these important research areas.




  • Diseases caused by coexisting organisms, e.g. viruses, bacteria, fungi, protistans, metazoans; characterization of pathogens
  • Diseases caused by abiotic factors (critical intensities of environmental properties, including pollution)
  • Diseases due to internal circumstances (innate, idiopathic, genetic)
  • Diseases due to proliferative disorders (neoplasms)
  • Disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention
  • Molecular aspects of diseases
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Stress and physical injuries
  • Epidemiology/epizootiology
  • Parasitology
  • Toxicology
  • Diseases of aquatic organisms affecting human health and well-being
  • Diseases as indicators of humanity's detrimental impact on nature
  • Genomics, proteomics and metabolomics of disease
  • Immunology and disease prevention
  • Animal welfare
  • Zoonosis




Physicians, veterinarians, environmental biologists, fishery biologists and ecologists, aquaculturalists, pathologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, botanists, zoologists. DAO is an indispensable source of information for all concerned with health of humans, animals, plants and microorganisms; environmental protection; resource management; ecosystem health; conservation of organisms and habitats; aquafood production.


Conflicts of interest


Authors, Reviewers and Editors must disclose relationships (e.g. financial, economic, institutional) that may affect the integrity of the scientific process.


Publication costs


There are no page charges to publish in this journal. Authors may choose either Subscriber Access (no publication fee) or Open Access (fees for authors apply, see next section) for their article at the time of manuscript acceptance.



Open Access


Open Access is issued under the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. Copyright remains with the original copyright owners, and re-use is unrestricted. The Open Access fees are:


Articles submitted before 1 April 2019:
€1300 for articles of 1–8 published pages*, €1600 for 9–14 pages, and €1800 for >14 pages.


Articles submitted on or after 1 April 2019:
€1500 for articles of 1–8 published pages, €1800 for 9–14 pages, and €2000 for >14 pages.


Tax information: for purchases in the European Union, the VAT number of the paying institution must be provided, otherwise VAT will be added at the standard rate for the country of the purchaser. For Germany, VAT at 19% will always be added.


All articles will become freely accessible to all users 5 years after publication. In addition, Feature Articles are published with Open Access at no cost to the authors.


Only articles clearly marked with "CC BY" in the top right corner of the front page are published with the Creative Commons by Attribution Licence. The CC-BY option was not available for Inter-Research journals before 1 April 2013. Articles marked "Open Access" or "Free Access" but not marked "CC BY" are made freely accessible at the time of publication but are subject to standard copyright law regarding reproduction and distribution.


*As a rough guide, 1 printed page = 2 to 3 manuscript pages


Subscription information


All DAO articles are available online. Articles published >5 years ago may be accessed freely. Articles published in 2013 or earlier are currently available.


Prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT)


2018: 5 volumes, Vols 128 to 132

Annual rate for 5 volumes (online only): € 1050

Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge

     • for Germany: + € 125 (print extra) + € 25 = € 1200
     • for all other countries: + € 125 (print extra) + € 58 (air mail) = € 1233


2019: 5 volumes, Vols 133 to 137

Annual rate for 5 volumes (online only): € 1090

Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge

     • for Germany: + € 130 (print extra) + € 25 = € 1245
     • for all other countries: + € 130 (print extra) + € 58 (air mail) = € 1278


Missing issues must be claimed within 4 months of publication.

Back issues (print) are available at substantially reduced prices; for details write to the publisher.


Tables of contents and abstracts are available online free of charge for all articles.


Subscriptions are entered with annual prepayment only. They must be addressed directly to the publisher.