Rather than mandating an immediate change to the current one-year embargo on federally-funded research, we encourage OSTP to engage with a broad array of stakeholders to collaboratively discuss models for publishing, curating, and archiving scientific results that will achieve complete openness in scientific research. To that end, ACM looks forward to engaging with you and with all interested parties in a forward-looking and constructive manner.
ACM was one of 135 scientific publishers and organizations that endorsed a letter to President Trump addressing this topic on December 18, 2019. The content and tone of that letter did not really address our rationale for opposing the changes, however, nor our longstanding commitment to Open Access. We regret having signed with the coalition, since the final letter did not adequately represent the views of our membership and the computing community.