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Major science publisher bans Huawei scientists from reviewing papers

By Cookie Monster - on 3 Jun 2019, 3:00am

Major science publisher bans Huawei scientists from reviewing papers

Image source: IEEE's Facebook Page

The blacklisting of Huawei by the U.S government has affected the scientific community as a major science publisher has banned Huawei scientists from reviewing papers. 

In compliance with the U.S government trade regulations, IEEE states that it will be restricting the ability of the listed Huawei companies and their employees to participate in certain activities that are not generally open to the public. This includes certain aspects of the publication peer review and editorial process. 

What this means is Huawei scientists have no access to the type of technical information that would be part of a research article. Huawei scientists "cannot receive or access materials submitted by other persons until IEEE has accepted the material for publication". IEEE later issued a statement to clarify its response: 

However, all IEEE members, including those employed by Huawei, can continue to participate in individual membership, corporate membership and voting rights; subscribe to and access IEEE’s digital library and other publication products; submit technical papers for publication; participate in and present at IEEE-sponsored meetings and conferences, and may sponsor and accept an IEEE award. Members affiliated with Huawei may also participate in business, logistics, and other meetings including those related to conference planning.

Huawei and its employees can continue to be a member of the IEEE Standards Association, including earning or exercising the voting rights of membership; attend IEEE standards development meetings, submit new proposals for standards, and participate and comment in public discussions of standards technology proposals.

IEEE shared that it will further advise the IEEE community when the U.S government clarifies the application of the EAR with respect to peer review. 

Source: IEEE via Science