OCTOBER 27, 2020


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) refused to accept for publication an article by Russian scientists from the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences because of the sanctions imposed on Russia, Russian News Agency TASS reported on October 23, 2020. Later, AGU apologized to Russian scientists and invited them to resubmit the article.

Geophysical Research Letters and the Journal of Geophysical Research are main highly rated publications in the field of geophysics published under the auspices of the AGU.

The AGU explained their decision by the fact that they cannot consider works that receive funding from the Russian Government and the Ministry of Education. After the refusal, the Russian Academy of Science planned to contact the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to request an investigation.

However, later, AGU apologized for refusing to publish an article and invited authors to resubmit the article for consideration for publication. AGU promised to consider the study of Russian scientists on an equal basis with other applications.

While this research area is not directly related to nuclear security or nuclear energy cooperation between Russia and the U.S., it provides another evidence that current state of relationships between two countries poison scientific cooperation.

  1. "Article by Russian scientists refused to publish in a scientific journal due to sanctions", October 23, 2020
  2. "The American Geophysical Union called a mistake a refusal to publish an article in Russian scientists", October 24, 2020