C&EN logo The Newsmagazine of the Chemical World
Home Current Issue ChemJobs Join ACS
Support
Latest News
Business
Government & Policy
Science/Technology
Careers and Employment
ACS News
topics
   
Support
 
Support
How to log in
Contact Us
Site Map
   
About C&EN
About the Magazine
How to Subscribe
How to Advertise
Chemcyclopedia

Latest News RSS Feed

latest news RSS feedWhat is this?

   
Join ACS
Join ACS
  Latest News  
  April 12,2004
Volume 82, Number 15
p. 5
 

SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING

  GOVERNMENT ENDS EDITING EMBARGO
Treasury Department backs down from its earlier position on editing services
 

  SOPHIE ROVNER  
   

 
  Bombarded by protests from publishers, researchers, and elected officials, the Treasury Department has lifted its ban on the publication of peer-reviewed and edited scientific journal articles written by authors in countries under U.S. trade sanction. The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) conceded that its regulatory programs do not prohibit the routine activities necessary to prepare such articles for publication.

PHOTO BY DAVID J. HANSON
The issue originally arose in 2001 over a conference sponsored in Iran by the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. After learning that services associated with the meeting might violate government regulations, IEEE decided it had to limit activities involving Iran, including the editing of papers written by authors in that nation. Subsequently, the American Chemical Society reluctantly imposed a moratorium in November 2003 on publishing articles from Iran and other sanctioned countries--Cuba, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan--fearing that the society could otherwise incur serious penalties from the government.

But publishers and their supporters refused to let the matter rest. For months, they have been trying to get OFAC to reverse its position on the grounds that the government ban violated trade-related legislation and the First Amendment. After judging that its customary publishing activities were lawful, ACS took a calculated risk and resumed publishing papers from the affected countries in mid-February (C&EN, Feb. 23, page 6). Then on April 2, IEEE received a letter from OFAC Director R. Richard Newcomb acknowledging that the institute's publishing activities do not "entail the prohibited exportation of services to Iran or another sanctioned country."

Robert D. Bovenschulte, president of ACS's Publications Division, said the society "has always believed that scholarly publishing should not be constrained by federal regulation. We are pleased to learn that the Treasury Department concurs."

 
     
  Chemical & Engineering News
ISSN 0009-2347
Copyright © 2004
 


Related Stories
ACS Ends Limited Publishing Moratorium
[C&EN, Feb. 23, 2004]

Counterproductive Restrictions
[C&EN, Jan. 26, 2004]

ACS imposes moratorium on some foreign papers
[C&EN, Nov. 26, 2003]

What Price Security?
[C&EN, Jun. 2, 2002]

 
 
E-mail this article
to a friend
Print this article
E-mail the editor
 
IN BRIEF:
AMAZON
8215NOTWm_rforest

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rain forest increased by about 2.1% last year, according to numbers released on April 7 by the Brazilian government. Although the government has promised action, officials with the World Wildlife Fund say Brazil must do more to protect the Amazon's unique array of plant and animal species.