Freedom of International Scientific Exchange

ACS Position Statement

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, is concerned about limitations on openness in scientific exchange.

Science and scholarship flourish when scientists collaboratively pursue and publish research and communicate without externally imposed impediment, limitation, or restriction. It is important for organizations that represent scientists and educators to advocate the most open and fair exchange among scientists without limitations imposed by national and global political concerns.

ACS believes scientists should not participate in the transnational isolation of colleagues; rather, they should work vigorously to create occasions for scholars to convene, to discuss topics of mutual interest, and to build scientific networks. It is through such networks that scientific collaboration can grow and be sustained over time for the benefit of all humankind.