DAFNEE, a Data base of Academia Friendly jourNals in Ecology and Evolution.
The scientific publishing market is widely known to be dysfunctional . The average publishing price is an order of magnitude above the real cost [2,3]. This anomaly essentially results from the "publish or perish" pressure placed on individual scientists, and the power of large publishing groups with high profit margins .
Yet not all scientific journals are economically equivalent. Some are run by non-profit organizations. Some are associated with learned societies, so the publication fees are partly reinvested in academia. Some are supported at moderate cost by scholarly institutions. Scientists are not always well informed about the complexity of journal business models, and rarely take this criterion into account when deciding to interact with a journal as an author, reviewer or editor. Supporting academia-friendly journals, though, is a way to contribute to a fairer scientific publishing system.
The DAFNEE database offers a list of ~280 non-profit, learned society, museum or university-associated journals relevant to ecology and evolutionary biology. The database includes generalist journals (e.g. eLife, PLoS Biol, PNAS, Science), flagship society journals (e.g. Am Nat, Heredity, JEB, Proc B, MBE, Syst Biol), Open Science initiatives (e.g. Peer Communiy In, MorphoMuseuM), and many high-quality journals specialized in palaeo-archaeobiology, systematics, genetics, theoretical biology, organismal biology, environmental and health sciences. Journals can be queried/sorted by topic, business model, academic partnership, publication fees, and impact factor.
- Journal [Journal name]
- Field [an arbitrary thematic classification of journals intended to ease DAFNEE browsing]
- Business model [subscription, reader pays; OA: Open Access, author pays; diamond_OA: free Open Access, neither reader nor author pays; hybrid: author chooses OA or not]
- Institution [non profit/governmental/university/society (co-)owning/associated with the journal]
- Institution type [Society: learned society; Uni/Gov: university or governmental research institution; Museum: museum/botanical garden; Non-profit: not-for-profit organisation]
- Web site [journal Web site]
- APC [Article Processing Charges; what authors have to pay for Open Access; there might be publication charges in the non-OA model (not provided); APC are in euros]
- Impact Factor [or equivalent measures of journal average citation rate]
- PCI partnership [relationship with the Peer Community In initiative]
DAFNEE usage Index
An interactive tool gives scientists an opportunity to evaluate and compare his/her DAFNEE usage index. This is defined as the ratio of the author's PubMed articles in academia-friendly journals to PubMed articles in journals surveyed by DAFNEE.
The content of the database is updated every 6 months via the inspection of journal websites by a group of curators. Curators primarily survey the journals in which scientists affiliated with the Institut of Evolutionary Sciences Montpellier (ISEM) publish. Suggestions of additional academia-friendly journals in ecology and evolutionary biology are welcome.
The DAFNEE team
Curators: Pierre-Olivier Antoine, Christophe Boëte, Frédéric Delsuc, Nicolas Galtier, Elise Huchard, Céline Scornavacca, Carole Smadja.
Support: Khalid Belkhir, Christine Bibal, Laure Paradis.
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 Grossmann A, Brembs B. 2021. Assessing the size of the affordability problem in scholarly publishing. Peer J Preprints https://peerj.com/preprints/27809/
 Walter P, Mullins D. 2019. From symbiont to parasite: the evolution of for-profit science publishing. Mol Biol Cell 30:2537-2542.