IEEE obtains revised ruling removing gov't restrictions on papers from authors in embargoed countries
via IEEE press release received in e-mail 4/05/04
I can see where the original ruling came from, but that doesn't mean it made sense. Basically, the scientific publishers based in the US could accept articles for publication from authors in embargoed countries like Iran, but could not edit them, even for typos. This really doesn't make sense, because encouraging publication and freedom of communication in these countries is key. Plus, it would be helpful to encourage these scientists to travel to conferences... especially if we think they might like it better here.