Advance Science through Openness

ACS Policy Priority

Science and technology provide critical tools that help us address our national and global needs. Open exchange of information and ideas is critical to scientific progress. However, dynamic security challenges to our infrastructure, economy, and lives require that the scientific community minimize unintended or nefarious uses of legitimate science and technology. ACS supports efforts to

  • Promote a strong, non-governmental, scientific publishing enterprise that assures access to information and exchange of scientific ideas and information among all parties with legitimate uses while appropriately protecting security-related information.
  • Assure the quality of scientific and technological advancement through open, rigorous, and inclusive peer review related to scientific publishing.
  • Assure the most open interactions possible among scientists, engineers, and students from across the globe.
Statement Position
Access to High Quality Science Supports using publishing models that are sustainable and provide universal access to scientific research. Supports the ten principles outlined in the Brussels Declaration on STM Publishing as set forth by the International Association of STM Publishers.
Scientific Freedom Advocates freedom of scientific exchange and stronger scientific collaboration to benefit humankind.
Visa Restrictions Supports timely screening for visiting scientists and students. Commits to assisting federal agencies with technical expertise.