Trade Sanctions & Publishing

Atlantis Press is committed to the principles of freedom of expression and has a strong belief that, generally speaking, any censorship or restrictions on publishing are inappropriate. Where exceptions to this exist within the global publishing landscape, it is our view that these should be defined as narrowly as possible while pursuing an appropriate balance between local and international laws.

Freedom of Expression

At Atlantis Press we believe that science prospers on the freedom of expression and that a free flow of ideas and information is the right principle for science and for society at large. Sharing information about science and health improves lives and creates new insights and value. Being able to communicate ideas globally, in our view, helps to reduce political tensions and to improve social relationships and networks. While we acknowledge that with these principles there will always be some concerns regarding confidentiality, sharing of sensitive information, etc., we believe that these should be treated as exceptions, carefully thought through and addressed where necessary with limited application, rather than the rule.

Sanctioned Countries & Entities

It is important to understand that several countries maintain lists of individuals and entities with whom it is illegal to conduct business and that more than one law can apply to an individual business transaction. In addition to this, some countries also implement controls on the export of “dual use” items (good, services & technologies): these are items which have commercial, but also potentially military or proliferation applications, even if not obvious, such as, for example, 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 may be affected by these trade sanctions and export control laws:

  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Cuba
  • Sudan
  • Myanmar
  • Syria

Furthermore, if you have been identified by such governments as a person or entity which is involved in some of the activities noted above, you may also be affected by such laws. Individuals or legal entities which are specifically identified by either the U.S. or the European Union as being involved in security or rights issues are referred to as “Specially Designated Nationals”.

If you are an Author located in a sanctioned country and you are not a Specially Designated National, your article may be published in an Atlantis Press journal or proceedings 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 Editors, Reviewers, or Publisher does not provide substantive editing (i.e. substantive or artistic alteration or enhancement of the work).

Political Neutrality

At Atlantis Press we choose to remain politically neutral while respecting the editorial independence of our publications. This means that, while publications may sometimes take a political stand, this does not reflect the company’s views, interests or preferences in any way as the editorial decision-making process is not influenced by Atlantis Press. We acknowledge that governments have legitimate interests in promoting human rights, security and terrorism concerns, the rule of law and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We are committed to finding a balance between these interests, which may sometimes involve challenging government over-reach or over-interpretation.