Habibzadeh F. Is there an apartheid in science publishing? The Lancet 2013;382(9889):310
On April 30, 2013, Elsevier asked its US editors and reviewers not to handle manuscripts with any Iranian co-authors employed by the Government of Iran. This decision was taken after a recent policy adopted on the basis of the sanctions imposed by the USA on Iran.
The author of this Letter believes that publishing of scientific articles from Iranian researchers in US journals is technically a flow of information out of Iran, and thus, should in principle not be treated as a violation of the sanction. It is expected that the flow of goods and technical information be prohibited from outside into Iran