IEEE Bans Huawei Employees from Editing Scientific Papers

The academic community is shocked by the decision.
Jessica Miley

Employees of Huawei have been banned from reviewing and editing papers on the website and digital archive IEEE because of the US government’s export ban on the company.


IEEE sent an email to its editors, saying “we cannot use colleagues from Huawei as reviewers or Editors for the peer-review process of our journals.” The full email is below. 

American based BUT international organization

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE was founded on January 1, 1963, in New York, USA. It is the world’s largest technical professional organization, with over 423,000 members in over 160 countries. It publishes papers covering the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, computing, and technology information.

IEEE world leader in scientific knowledge sharing 

IEEE accounts for about 30% of all the publications in the world, the group published more than 140 professional journals every year and provides more than 700 kinds of journals, newsletters, and conference proceedings.

Employees of Huawei are part of more than 170 standards organizations and open source organizations, people from the Chinese company hold over 180 key positions, serving on the board of directors of IEEE-SA, ETSI, WFA, and other organizations. In addition to this Huawei has a number of researchers holding important positions within IEEE including editor-in-chief and deputy editor.

Academic world reels

Qi Tian, chief scientist of computational vision at Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Laboratory, is an IEEE fellow and has served as editor-in-chief and editor of various top IEEE international journals.

Dr. Xiang Liu, a senior expert of the optical network at the Huawei Institute of Aesthetics, is the deputy editor of The Optical Society of America and Optics Express, and the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Optical Communications.

The announcement has rocked the academic world. Professor Zhihua Zhou of Nanjing University said the United States Government has no right to ban the editors from peer-reviewing papers due to political motivations. He suggested that “experts from all levels of management at the IEEE should propose to the IEEE to transfer its registration to Switzerland.”

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The ban is just part of the ongoing fallout from the trade war between the Republican North American Government and China. 

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