An academic has urged researchers to avoid presenting presentations to the national press of the University of Singapore (NUS) after canceling their contract to publish a book that was critical with the Thai monarchy.

It should be published by Nus Press, but the editor reversed the course in March 2020. The criticism of the monarchy is illegal in Thailand due to the Lèse-Majesté laws.

The title was subsequently collected by Yale the University Council on Southeast Asian Studies and launched in December 2020.

Now that the book is out, Pavin has appealed to Nus To investigate decision making behind your case. He also asked for other academics to refrain from presenting or performing a peer review for the NUS press, but stressed that he was not asking for a boycott of the editor's titles, because he did not want to "harm other academics".

pavin, associate professor at the center of Kyoto University for Southeast Asian studies, is a controversial figure that has been living in Japan since 2012.

Pavin Times Times Top Education that "it seems reasonable to assume that the NU press' the decision was due to political pressure."

"The inexplicable and last minute decision violates the fundamental principles of academic freedom," he said. "I urge our colleagues to retain their professional approval seal for future NU pressing publications, not participating in a demonstrably problematic review and publication procedure."

Peter Schoppert, director of NUS Press, Higher Education told higher education that the cancellation of the book contract was "It's not something that an editor does it lightly, but the decision was made after From the consultation with our stakeholders ... A university press has a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, including those authors and academics that express their concerns.

"As an editor based in the region [ Asian], in a domestic market two orders of magnitude smaller than the US. UU., The decisions we make, considering that the opinions of our stakeholders can be different from those taken by the presses. Without a participation in the region, "he explained.

" Naturally, this has led to a series of discussions on how to take our publication decisions so that avoiding such unpleasant shocks. These conversations about how we can do our best work will continue, as we move from this unfortunate situation. "

Schoppert said that the press had apologized with the author for the delay of the decision and tried to help him Find a new home for the manuscript "to minimize the disadvantages to him and his collaborators." The editor also recognized "the deep concerns expressed" by other academics.

A petition on the case of Pavin, by academics Studies interested in Southeast Asia (CSS), it has been signed by more than 400 academics.

"This was not a case of a 'rejection of the desk', where an editor decides that a book does not It has academic merit or does not achieve the marketing objectives of the press: the coup d'état received brilliant peer reviews and a publication the contract with Nus Press had already been signed [in 2019], "CSSAS wrote.

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