Back in November, the US government's Office of Science and Technology Policy solicited comments on potential policy surrounding public access to scholarly work. All comments were accepted through January 12 and were recently released.
The statement released by the American Anthropological Association can be read here, and the Archaeological Institute of America statement is here. In short, both statements insist that there is no problem with public access to scholarly output.
The anthro-Twitter-verse, where there has been a long and interesting discussion on open access science, was immediately up in arms. Anthropology bloggers have started posting, critiquing and condeming the AAA/AIA responses:
- Neuroanthropology: AAA Takes Public Stand Against Open Access
- Savage Minds: AAA Response about Public Access to Scholarly Publications; How do we mobilize anthropologists to support open access?
- Publishing Archaeology: AAA Joins the Dark Side of the Force
- Dienekes' Anthropology Blog: The AAA Opposes Open Science
- Doug's Archaeology: AAA Fail! This Time on an Epic Scale; Why This #AAAFail is Epic