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The Association of American Publishers just posted a letter outlining their opposition to the Federal Research Public Access Act, available here.
To my unpleasant surprise, the AMS is listed as a signatory. Have they independently made a statement about signing this letter? Can we encourage someone from the AMS to comment directly?
How can we persuade the AMS that opposing the FRPAA is a terrible idea?
Why don’t you just write to Donald McClure, Exec Director of AMS? dem@ams.org
Thanks Henry for a great summary of the difficulties with FRPAA! I’m had a conversation with Rob Kirby this afternoon in which he brought up many of the same points, and particularly explained how he thought FRPAA would adversely affect Mathematical Sciences Publishers.
I think on balance if it were up to me, I’d put FRPAA as written currently into action — my fear that we’ll grind on in the current system for too long outweighs my worry about the crash landing after such a big change. But I absolutely agree with your point that the six month window is essentially no window at all for mathematics.
I wrote to Eric Friedlander, who replied, but then said that I could only share the response with “friends”; so please email me if you’d like to see his response.
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