Are peer-reviewed scientific journals subject to the Freedom of Information Act? I found this somewhat helpful page: Open Meeting Laws and Non-Profit Organizations (Digital Media Law Project).


No. Freedom of information laws are about government information. Peer reviewed journals are not government institutions.

  • What about open meeting laws? They vary from state to state but I think there's a pattern. – aparente001 Nov 23 '15 at 18:48
  • What about them? Do you have a question about the material you linked to? What are you trying to get at? – phoog Nov 23 '15 at 19:07
  • For example, suppose I want to know if a particular article's author has received funding from a pharmaceutical company (and the author is writing about a drug trial and the drug is made by that company)? – aparente001 Nov 24 '15 at 22:29
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    @aparente001 would the journal even know how the author's research was funded? – phoog Nov 25 '15 at 0:21
  • Okay, back to the drawing board. Thank you. – aparente001 Nov 25 '15 at 2:41

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