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Statement by the Council of the American Sociological Association on Academic Independence and Scientific Integrity

September 19, 2006

The American Sociological Association (ASA) affirms its ongoing support for the protection of academic independence and the integrity of scientific research through the open movement of faculty and students between universities irrespective of nationality or political views. Similarly, the ASA also strongly endorses the principle of scientific worthiness as the primary basis for assessing articles for scholarly publication, service on editorial boards of scholarly journals, and participation in scholarly conferences, not excluding persons on the basis of nationality or political views.

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