IEC 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 IEC, 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 more than one law can apply to an individual transaction. Additionally, several countries also implement controls on the export of “dual use” items (goods, services and technologies): these are items which have commercial but also potentially military or proliferation applications, even if not obvious, for instance 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 might be affected by these trade sanctions and export control laws: Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Burma, Syria or Crimea. Further if you have been identified by such governments as a person or an entity involved in some of the activities noted above, you may also be affected by such laws.
At IEC 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 IEC. 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.