Trade sanctions & publishing

Trade sanctions & publishing

Engineered Science publisher is committed to the principles of freedom of expression and strongly believes that, in general, any censorship or restriction in the publication is inappropriate. When there are exceptions to this within the global editorial landscape, it is our opinion that they should be defined as narrowly as possible while seeking an appropriate balance between local and international laws.

Freedom of Expression

Engineered science publisher believes that science thrives in freedom of expression, and the free flow of information and ideas information is the appropriate principle of science and society as a whole. Sharing information about science and health can improve lives and create new ideas and values. We believe that being able to exchange ideas globally can help reduce political tensions and improve social relationships and networks. Although we recognize that there will always be some problems in terms of confidentiality, exchange of confidential information, etc. using these principles, we believe that these should be considered as exceptions and should be carefully considered and resolved with limited applications when necessary, rather than rules.

Countries/Entities with Sanctions

It is important to understand that several countries maintain lists of individuals and entities with whom it is illegal to conduct business, and more than one law can apply to an individual transaction.  Additionally, several countries also implement controls on the export of “dual use” items (goods, services and technologies): these are items which have commercial but also potentially military or proliferation applications, even if not obvious, for instance nuclear related software like MCNP-derivate codes and ORIGEN code. If you are a customer or an author from one of the following countries, you might be affected by these trade sanctions and export control laws:

  1. Iran
  2. Cuba
  3. Sudan
  4. Burma
  5. Syria
  6. Crimea. 

Further if you have been identified by such governments as a person or an entity involved in some of the activities noted above, you may also be affected by such laws. If you are an author located in a sanctioned country, and you are not a Specially Designated National, your article may be edited or published in the journals, proceedings or books form Engineered Science publisher if:

  • You are acting in your personal capacity, in other words “not as an official representative or otherwise on behalf of a sanctioned government”; or
  • You are acting on behalf of your government institution, where the primary function of the institution is education or research; or
  • You are publishing on behalf of your government agency, where that agency is not primarily an educational or research institution and the editor, reviewer or publisher does not provide substantive editing (i.e. substantive or artistic alteration or enhancement of the work).

Political Neutrality

Engineered Science publisher committed to stay politically neutral and respect the editorial independence of our publications. Engineered science publisher does not control the decisions of editors even if the submitted articles occasionally take political positions. We understand that the government has a genuine interest in boosting human rights, defense and terrorism concerns, the rule of law and the production of weapons of mass devastation. We attempt to reach a balance between these interests can sometimes lead to excessive government propaganda or interpretation being questioned.