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Scenarios - Editing and Peer Review

Key Concepts

Supply - when controlled technology, or access to that technology, is provided to users located outside of Australia.

Publication - when controlled technology is placed it in the public domain.

Pre-publication - activities, such as supplying a draft publication to a publisher or a peer reviewer, that support the pubication process.

Export - sending goods and/or technology from Australia to a place outside of Australia.

As a first step, it is important to understand whether the goods or technologies you are using actually trigger control thresholds. You can self-assess using the Online DSGL Tool on the DEC website.

The list of controlled goods and technologies (the Defence and Strategic Goods List) is split into two parts:

Part 1 lists munitions (or military) items. These items are more tightly controlled.

Part 2 lists dual-use items; that is, items that may be used for commercial purposes, but may be used in military systems or for weapon of mass destruction purposes.

Editing and Peer Review

Scenario One - Reviewing an international journal

I am a peer reviewer of an international journal and I am located in Australia. What should I do if I am asked to review a paper and the content includes DSGL technology?

Is the technology listed on Part 1 or Part 2 of the DSGL?

  • If the content only includes Part 2 DSGL technology, no permit is required to send the review back to the journal outside Australia as it is a pre-publication activity.
  • If the content includes Part 1 DSGL technology, you will need a permit to send it back to the person overseas.

Scenario Two - Raw data

A publisher / peer is reviewing my draft publication and has requested the raw data, do I need a permit to send the data?

Is the technology listed on Part 1 or Part 2 of the DSGL?

  • If the data includes Part 2 DSGL technology, no permit is required from Defence as it is a pre-publication activity.
  • If the content includes Part 1 DSGL technology, you will need a permit to send it back to the person overseas.