Biosecurity Concerns

Policy on biosecurity

Editorial Board Members of Emres Publishers may seek advice from the Editorial Advisory Panel and the in-house publishing team about any aspect of a submitted manuscript that raises concerns. These may include, for example, ethical issues or issues of data or materials access. Very occasionally, concerns may also relate to the implications to society of publishing a paper, including threats to security. In such circumstances, advice will usually be sought simultaneously with the technical peer-review process.

The threat posed by bioweapons raises the unusual need to assess the balance of risk and benefit in publication. Editorial Board Members may not be best qualified to make such judgments unassisted, and so we reserve the right to take expert advice in cases where we believe that concerns may arise. We recognize the widespread view that openness in science helps to alert society to potential threats and to defend against them, and we anticipate that only very rarely (if at all) will the risks be perceived as outweighing the benefits of publishing a paper that has otherwise been deemed appropriate for Emres Journals. Nevertheless, we think it appropriate to consider such risks and to have a formal policy for dealing with them if need arises.

Once a decision has been reached, authors will be informed if biosecurity advice has informed that decision.