This guide covers things scientists can do to avoid putting themselves at risk when sending an open letter or signing a public petition.
Protecting the Scientific Endeavor
Science Under Siege
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund has fought for the scientific endeavor since 2011. Our initiatives ensure that scientists can conduct, publish, and discuss their research and advocate for science without the threat of political harassment, censorship, or legal intimidation.
Political Action Toolkit
Our free legal resources explain the best practices for safely and effectively engaging in political advocacy.
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We provide free legal aid and resources to researchers, educate the scientific community about their rights and responsibilities, and strengthen legal protections to promote scientific integrity.
Scientific Integrity Reporting Project
In partnership with Government Accountability Project, we’ve launched a confidential, anonymous platform for scientists and others in science-adjacent roles to detail experiences involving past and ongoing threats to scientific norms and scientific integrity. We plan to draw upon these stories to learn about how to better protect science in the future; legal advice and potential representation will also be available to those who contact us.
Safeguarding Scientific Integrity
We promote scientific integrity reforms to ensure the best available research and data inform government decision-making. And we publish resources to advance understanding of how research institutions and federal agencies approach scientific integrity — and how to strengthen legal protections for science and scientists.
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This guide helps scientists—particularly those who receive federal or state funding—navigate the important notice-and-comment process and understand best practices for participating in agency rulemaking.
This guide continues our series to help scientists know what to expect—and how to protect themselves—when serving as an expert witness.
Scientists: Know Your Rights
The legal risks for any individual scientist are small, but there are actions you can take to protect and defend yourself, especially if you’re involved in scientific advocacy and activism.
Our Expertise in the News
News CSLDF Testifies in Support of Protecting Certain Higher Education Records
On March 6, 2023 CSLDF was invited to testify before the Connecticut General Assembly in support of updating the state’s…
News Biden Administration Issues Framework for Scientific Protections
On January 12, 2023, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued its long-awaited framework for scientific…
News 2022: Our Year in Review
The numbers are in: This year has officially been CSLDF’s busiest to date. In a year of continued attacks on…
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