Springer Nature Journal Rejects Article by Taiwan Doctor Over Country Name

Radio Free Asia
Date: 2020-09-01

The Berlin headquarters of Springer Nature are shown in an undated photo.

Top academic publisher Springer Nature has once more sparked concerns over its censorship of topics regarded as politically sensitive by Beijing.

A Taiwanese doctor, Wu Jo-hsuan, recently reported via Facebook that she had been asked by the editorial team at Eye and Vision, a medical journal published by the group, to add the word "China" after "Taiwan" in her paper, or have her article rejected for publication.

Editors at Eye and Vision wrote to Wu telling her that the change was required under the journal's editorial policies.

Wu is the first author of the paper on retinopathy with her mentor at National Taiwan University, and said she was shocked by the level of political censorship she encountered.   

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