American Anthropological Association reverses position on OA, almost opposes RWA

Less than one month ago, the AAA strongly opposed federal OA policies in its response <http://goo.gl/L8hPB> to the White House RFI. But on Friday it largely reversed itself <http://goo.gl/SYHRo>: "[T]he AAA opposes any Congressional legislation which, if it were enacted, imposes a blanket prohibition against open access publishing policies by all federal agencies."

This squishy statement doesn't exactly oppose RWA, since RWA isn't a "blanket prohibition against open access publishing policies by all federal agencies." RWA is merely a blanket prohibition on OA mandates, like the NIH policy, under which grantees must retain the right to make the mandated OA lawful.

For other signs of an AAA thaw on OA, see Daniel Lende on the PLoS Blog <http://goo.gl/TT7k9>: "In an equally welcome move, the AAA’s Committee for the Future of Electronic and Print Publishing (CFPEP), the executive committee in charge of making recommendations on how the AAA publishing program should move forward, issued an invitation for commentary...."

#oa #openaccess #anthropology #aaa #societies #rwa
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