Responding to reports that Cambridge University Press has received instruction to block certain journal articles within China, Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association said:
“All publishers operating in China face restrictions. They are required to work through Chinese partners and comply through those partners with local law to be allowed to do so, as Cambridge is doing.
“It is for this reason that the Publishers Association has for many years been making the case in the strongest terms about the importance of freedom to publish to both the UK and Chinese governments.
“We have to recognise that making progress on this is a long-term challenge, but in the meantime, we also believe it is important that Chinese academics and scientists have access to as much as possible of the latest published research so they are able to interact with the findings of their international counterparts to the fullest extent legally allowed.”