IEEE Says Huawei Can’t Participate in Peer Review, Editorial Process
Friday, May 31, 2019 | Comments

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) said it must comply with U.S. government regulations that restrict the ability of listed Huawei companies and their employees to participate in certain activities that are not generally open to the public. This includes certain aspects of the publication peer review and editorial process.

IEEE said it must comply with its legal obligations under the laws of the United States and other jurisdictions.

“Compliance with these regulations protects IEEE, our volunteers and our members,” the group said in a statement.

The IEEE changes follow a decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to add Huawei Technology and 68 of its affiliates to the BIS Entity List.

However, all IEEE members, including those employed by Huawei, can continue to participate in individual membership, corporate membership and voting rights; subscribe to and access IEEE’s digital library and other publication products; submit technical papers for publication; participate in and present at IEEE-sponsored meetings and conferences; and may sponsor and accept an IEEE award. Members affiliated with Huawei may also participate in business, logistics and other meetings including those related to conference planning.

Huawei and its employees can continue to be a member of the IEEE Standards Association, including earning or exercising the voting rights of membership; attend IEEE standards development meetings, submit new proposals for standards, and participate and comment in public discussions of standards technology proposals.

Should the U.S. government clarify the application of Entity List with respect to peer review, IEEE said it will further advise its members.

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