Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Editing can be criminal

Be careful who you edit:

The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control recently declared that American publishers cannot edit works authored in nations under trade embargoes. Although publishing the articles is legal, editing is a "service" and it is illegal to perform services for embargoed nations.

Will it inhibit academic exchange?

The notion that publishing articles does not inevitably involve editing them is mind-boggling to many in the business.


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE) has posted its policy on dealing with embargoed activities, which include reordering of paragraphs or sentences, correction of syntax, grammar, and the replacement of inappropriate words prior to publication. "It doesn't matter where the reviewers or editors are located when applying these rules."

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