Dryad is a nonprofit organization fully committed to making scientific and medical research data permanently available to all researchers and educators free-of-charge without barriers to reuse. For the past four years, we have engaged experts and consulted with our many stakeholders in order to develop a sustainability plan that will ensure Dryad’s content remains free to users indefinitely. The resulting plan allows Dryad to recoup its operating costs in a way that recovers revenues fairly and in a scalable manner. The plan includes revenue from submission fees, membership dues, grants and contributions.
A one-time submission fee will offset the actual costs of preserving data in Dryad. The majority of costs are incurred at the time of submission when curators process new files, and long-term storage costs scale with each submission, so this transparent one-time charge ensures that resources scale with demand. Dryad offers a variety of pricing plans for journals and other organizations such societies, funders and libraries to purchase discounted submission fees on behalf of their researchers. For data packages not covered by a pricing plan, the researcher pays upon submission. Waivers are provided to researchers from developing economies. See Pricing Plans for a complete list of fees and payment options. Submission fees will apply to all new submissions starting September 2013.
Membership dues will supplement submission fees, allowing Dryad to maintain its strong ties to the research community through its volunteer Board of Directors, Annual Membership Meetings, and other outreach activities to researchers, educators and stakeholder organizations. See Membership Information.
Grants will fund research, development and innovation.
Donations will support all of the above efforts. In addition, Dryad will occasionally appeal to donors to fund special projects or specific needs, such as preservation of valuable legacy datasets and deposit waivers for researchers from developing economies.
We are grateful for all the input we have received into our sustainability plan, and look forward to your continued support in carrying out our nonprofit mission for many long years to come.