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Diseases of Aquatic Organisms

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Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (DAO) is international and interdisciplinary. The journal was founded by Professor Otto Kinne in 1984.

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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 2021 Release, DAO features an Impact Factor of 1.802. DAO is also included in the PubMed database, and all articles can be accessed via direct links from PubMed entries.

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.


DAO serves as a worldwide forum for scientific communications on all aspects of diseases in aquatic organisms. Diseases affect all facets of life - at the cell, tissue, organ, individual, population and ecosystem level. Studies of disease phenomena in the wide array of aquatic life forms contribute significantly to the analysis, comprehension, prevention and treatment of diseases in general, i.e., also those of organisms now inhabiting terrestrial environments.

DAO strives for

  • complete coverage of research on diseases in aquatic organisms
  • the highest possible quality of scientific contributions
  • quick publication
  • a high technical standard of presentation


DAO 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. DAO's scope includes any research focusing on diseases in aquatic organisms, specifically:
  • 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 (with the focus on the aquatic organism)
  • Diseases as indicators of humanity's detrimental impact on nature
  • Genomics, proteomics and metabolomics of disease
  • Immunology and disease prevention
  • Animal welfare
  • Zoonosis

IMPORTANT: Case reports (published e.g. as Research Article or Note) are only suitable for publication in DAO if they include new information on the pathogen involved (e.g. a new strain), the host response (e.g. clinical signs or pathogenicity) or other significant ancillary information.


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. Please refer to our Conflict of Interest Policy for details.

Neutrality of editorial decisions

Inter-Research journals are following the Committee of Publication Ethics advice on neutrality for editorial decisions. In brief, editorial decisions in Inter-Research journals shall not be affected by the origins of the manuscript, including the nationality, ethnicity, political beliefs, race or religion of the authors. Decisions to review, edit and publish shall not be determined by the policies of governments or other agencies, but just by the journals themselves, and are purely based on scientific merit of the submitted work and the work’s fit within each journal’s scope.

Authors may choose either Subscriber Access (no Publication Fee) or Open Access (Article Processing Charges for authors apply) for their article at the time of manuscript acceptance. 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. Fuller information on Open Access and policies on author self-archiving (‘Green’ Open Access) of Subscriber Access articles are found on the main Open Access page.

Changes to the Article Processing Charge (APC) pricing structure for articles submitted on or after 1 June 2021

From 1 June 2021 the tiered pricing structure based on article typeset length will change to one based on article type. It enables us to provide the final APC price to authors for APC funding applications necessary prior to article submission which was not possible under the typeset article length system. The new prices are given below.

The Article Processing Charges (APCs) are:

Articles submitted on or after 1 April 2019 and before 1 June 2021

  • €1500 for articles of 1–8 published pages*
  • €1800 for 9–14 pages
  • €2000 for >14 pages.

Articles submitted on or after 1 June 2021

  • €2000 for Research or Review articles
  • €1000 for Notes
  • € 500 for Opinion Pieces or Comments

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

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 7% will always be added.

All DAO articles are available online. Articles published >5 years ago may be accessed freely by all users. Currently articles published in 2016 or earlier are freely available.

Annual Publication Program/ Subscription Information

Prices do not include Value Added Tax (VAT)

2022: 5 volumes, Vols 148 to 152

  • Annual rate for 2022 (online only): € 1154
  • Print-plus-online versions: add print-extra charge and postage, handling & insurance charge
    • Germany: + € 172 (print extra) + € 27 = € 1353
    • Other countries: + € 172 (print extra) + € 60 (air mail) = € 1386

2022 Open Access 'double-dipping' adjustment calculation (rounded): DAO: 1155 + (11.85–11.92)% = 1154 (i.e. –0.07%)

Missing volumes must be claimed within 4 months of publication. Back issues (print) are available at substantially reduced prices; for details write to 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.