Public Policy/Advocacy

AAA Responds to Congressional Letter on Public Access Policies

In December of 2009, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) began to request input regarding enhanced access to federally funded science and technology research results, including the possibility of mandating open access to them. In response, AAA Executive Director Bill Davis and members of Congress have, over the past few months, petitioned the agency to reconsider the possibility of issuing rulemaking in this area, noting the potentially disastrous effects for non-profit publishers in the humanities and social science arena.  The AAA is devoted to making anthropological research available to the public, and is working with legislators to advance a public access policy that resembles that of the National Science Foundation, i.e one that requires investigators to publish a public summary of the nature and outcomes of their award.

Below, you will find Congressional correspondence to the OSTP about their proposed actions, and AAA’s response.

Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) & Carolyn Maloney's (D-NY) letter to OSTP [pdf]

AAA letter of support to Issa & Maloney [pdf]