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Re: [BOAI] biodefense and self-censorship
From: Reme Melero <rmelero AT iata.csic.es>
[Note from the moderator: A general discussion of bioterror and censorship is ↵ beyond the topic of the BOAI Forum. The larger discussion is important to ↵ science and society, and should proceed. But I hope that we can keep our ↵ discussion here closely connected to open access issues, for example, the ↵ possibility that free self-archiving of preprints will defeat the purpose of ↵ security-driven censorship of postprints. --Peter Suber.] A couple of comments: First of all, bioterrorism or terrorism existed before 11 September and still exist after that. I mean , people should aware of that not only because it happened in the States. But, why now this interest and not before? Is it not a question of bias? Misuse? Abuse? Authors and editors do not publish their works with those aims, who want to and on purpose look for the means employing any tool, I presume. I do not thing “closing doors” is the solution, especially now, when the system is questioning the access and dissemination of science and scientific communication in general, and claiming for open access to the scientific publications, it does not seem the best. Question: who is going to censure? Who is going to control what and what not to publish? Again bias and fraud two issues discussed in any “publishing atmosphere forum” come up. This the opinion of an editor based in Spain. Reme R. Melero Managing Editor Food Science and Technology International IATA, CSIC PO BOX 73 46100 Burjasot, Valencia, Spain TEl +34 96 390 00 22. Fax 96 363 63 01 Bernard Lang wrote: > > Without comments, you will find below: > > - an editorial from Nature (15 February 2003) > Statement on the consideration of biodefence and biosecurity > > - un article de l'AFP en francais sur le meme sujet > Science et terrorisme : les revues scientifiques appellent à la ↵ prudence > > Comments welcome > Tous commentaires bienvenus > > Bernard [...]
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