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Question: Do you know of any US Editor or Reviewer who accept and obey the following?


Subject: US editors and reviewers can no longer handle submissions by authors employed by the Government of Iran


OFAC Sanctions

US editors and reviewers can no longer handle submissions by authors employed by the Government of Iran

Dear Dr Bruno Granier,

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions. As a result of OFAC sanctions we have been made aware that US editors, US Elsevier staff and US reviewers are now unable to handle scientific manuscripts where any of the authors are employed by the Government of Iran. This includes the research departments of the various oil and gas companies which are deemed to be entities of the Government of Iran. We realize that this OFAC regulation will cause some inconvenience in your role as an editor but Elsevier is legally obliged to ensure that all reasonable efforts are made to avoid submissions from Iranian government agencies and companies being handled by US editors, US Elsevier staff and US reviewers. Please be aware that editors, Elsevier staff and reviewers from outside the US may still handle these manuscripts and that this OFAC regulation does not pertain to manuscripts where the authors are based at Iranian academic and research institutes. Manuscripts originating from a clinical setting that are not government run, for example, a hospital or clinical practice are also exempt from this regulation.

To view the official OFAC regulation, please click here. In practice the result of these sanctions will mean that:

• Submissions where any author is based in Iran, and is not at an academic and research institution, cannot be handled by US-based editors, US Elsevier staff, US reviewers, or any US citizens based outside of the US.

• If an Iranian author has dual affiliations (eg. university and government), their submission cannot be handled by US-based editors, US Elsevier staff, US reviewers, or any US citizens based outside of the US.

• Affiliations of Iranian authors should therefore be checked, and any manuscripts which fall under this OFAC regulation delegated to a non-US editor, before handling.

• When assigning reviewers, affiliations of Iranian authors should also be checked, and any papers which fall under this OFAC regulation should only be sent to non-US reviewers. (As an editor you should do what is reasonable to determine the nationality of a reviewer e.g. check their email address. This check does not extend to emailing reviewers directly to confirm their nationality or location). Unless there is specific knowledge that a non-US-based reviewer is a US citizen, editors can send such submissions to reviewers based outside the US.

• If your journal workflow involves all submissions being handled by US-based Elsevier staff, they will reject these manuscripts outright before they reach you.

• Should there be no suitably qualified editor or reviewer, please reject the manuscript outright.

When rejecting manuscripts which fall under this OFAC regulation please use the new EES Decision Term "Reject - OFAC Sanctions" and the following text:

"As a result of OFAC sanctions all editorial staff who are US-based/US nationals are unable to handle scientific manuscripts which are authored by Iranian scientists, employed by the Government of Iran. Based on this OFAC regulation we are unfortunately unable to handle your manuscript. We wish you success with your submission to another Journal."

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. If you do have any questions please contact your Publisher.

Sent on behalf of Dan Lovegrove

Cretaceous Research

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I don't think MO is suitable for an exchange of opinions on matters involving international politics. I'll say however that I find this rather surprising. –  Todd Trimble Aug 29 '13 at 11:13
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This question might be more appropriate for academia.stackexchange.com, since it covers more academic areas than just mathematics. On the other hand, it isn't really a question. –  Ben McKay Aug 29 '13 at 11:48
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In Soviet Iran, Elsevier boycotts you. Sorry... –  Felipe Voloch Aug 29 '13 at 14:07
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@AntonPetrunin As an Iranian working in Iran I shall say the interpretation of "working for Iranian government" is not as simple as it looks. Consider that most Iranian universities are public and under the Ministry of Science. Thus, somehow, we all get our salary from government and in a way, we all work for the government!! Thus, the set you have defined is the universal set!! –  Amir Asghari Aug 29 '13 at 18:28
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I have no control over publishing houses, but if I get a request from an Iranian to look at his math. paper in my area and tell what I think, I will (cranks excluded, as usual). On AoPS, we have quite a few Iranian students as well and I have no intention of stopping to discuss math. with them to the extent bounded only by our mental abilities. If Obama and Rouhani want to fight, I can make a pledge to pay for renting a boxing ring for 2 evenings, but that's where I'll draw the line. If somebody drafts a good petition against this idiocy, I'll sign. –  fedja Aug 30 '13 at 1:19

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