I am an Israeli researcher and am planning to submit my paper soon.

I noticed that an Iranian journal¹ has suitable editors and am considering submitting there. I wonder whether such a journal might accept my submission.

Are there are any general rules prohibiting Iranian journals from accepting submissions from Israelis?

¹ It is a journal of an Iranian society, published in Iran, and almost of all of its editors (but not all of them) are Iranians.

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    I don't know the formal policy but I would definetely give it a try. – Joe_74 Feb 17 '17 at 13:15
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    I'd expect the reviewers to do their job based upon scientific merit, not international politics, thus it should be ok. If the journal serves the right target audience it should not be a problem. – Richard Kavanagh Feb 17 '17 at 13:59
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    Well, if there is even a slight chance that submitting there will result in something like this, I prefer to exaggerate. – Israeli Feb 17 '17 at 15:49
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    Iranian authors (based in Iran) have published in the Israel Journal of Mathematics. So it's not entirely unheard of. – Ink blot Feb 18 '17 at 8:15
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    @einpoklum: The linked-to story describes an Iranian academic who has been imprisoned for almost a year. A lot of people's best guess at the cause of imprisonment is the fraternization with "outside" academics, but they have to guess because no cause has been given. As another comment made clear, "execution" was certainly wrong but "may face the death penalty" seems to be right. So there is cause for concern. Unless you have a special insight into the circumstances under which the Iranian government jails academics, "OP would certainly not comprise anybody's safety" seems unclear. – Pete L. Clark Mar 18 '17 at 22:53

As it is mentioned by others, it does not hurt if you contact the editor and simply ask. However, as an Iranian, I am nearly sure that you are not allowed to do so. It does not work to think logically about the question. Iran and Israel relation is in such a bad state that it effects all aspects of the society. I think that it creates a lot of unwanted problems for the editors that committed to it if they accept to review or publish your paper. If you are curious about publishing in that journal, you may need to use other affiliations of yourself (e.g. IEEE member) and a non country-specific email domain, as in this case they probably do not notice to your nationality.

  • So you're saying it's essentially a question of appearances? I mean, after all, it's pretty easy to figure out where a certain academic is from, given his/her name. – einpoklum Mar 19 '17 at 13:52
  • after all, it's pretty easy to figure out where a certain academic is from, given his/her name. There are lots of counterexamples to this claim... – Federico Poloni Mar 19 '17 at 15:04
  • yeah. By the way, it is always a risk of being detected. I said that by changing your affiliation or email address you may decrease the chance of a direct rejection. – CoderInNetwork Mar 19 '17 at 19:05

You should simply ask the journal's editors.

There is absolutely no problem or danger, to you or to them, in doing that, as Israelis and Iranians get in contact as academics all the time, all over the world.

(I would also bet the publication would be possible but that's pure speculation.)

  • In fact I agree with this answer and upvoted it. However, depending on the kind of journal I might consider emailing to the personal (academic) email address of one or more members of the board rather than a journal email address. – Pete L. Clark Mar 18 '17 at 23:05
  • @PeteL.Clark: I think that's not necessary, but I suppose there's no harm in doing that. – einpoklum Mar 19 '17 at 0:16

The journal will not explicitly prohibit your paper based on your nationality as the academics in Iran, just like any other country, will judge the paper based on scientific merit. However, many government organizations are strictly against such behavior and will take action if they found out such a paper was published. These actions include forcing the journal to retract a paper or punishing the editor for accepting it in the fist place. This situation might sway the editorial board to reject the paper, just to avoid such troubles. However, if your nationality is not obvious based on your affiliation, I wouldn't expect any issues (even if the editorial board knows you're from Israel).

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