Policy on Exhibits, Advertisements, Mailing List Rentals, and Sales (updated 2013)
Approved by the AHA Council, January 8, 1998; amended June 1, 2013.
The American Historical Association has the responsibility as well as the right to exercise control over the content of its publications in order to fulfill its legal obligations, as stated in its Act of Incorporation to act "in the interest of American history and history in America." The Executive Director of the Association or her/his designee (such as the editor of the American Historical Review) shall be solely responsible for determining whether items exhibited, advertised, and/or sold under the auspices of the American Historical Association (including at the annual meeting, in AHA publications such as the American Historical Review and Perspectives on History, or in direct mailings to the AHA membership) meet these criteria. The AHA reserves the right to refuse any application for exhibit space, advertising, or sales, and to curtail or cancel any such exhibit, advertisement, or sale that does not conform to these guidelines.
- All items exhibited advertised, and/or sold under the auspices of the American Historical Association are subject to the approval of the Executive Director or her/his designee. The AHA reserves the right to reject advertisements for any reason at any time.
- The AHA complies with the provisions of applicable federal laws prohibiting discrimination.
- Placement of advertisements in AHA publications, and the location of booths at the annual meeting's exhibit hall will be at the AHA's discretion, although the purchasers’ preferences will be met whenever possible.
- AHA publications do not accept advertising for candidates for elective office.
- The AHA will not accept items for exhibition, advertising, or sale that appear to libel, slander, or conflict with policies established by the AHA Council, it divisions, or committees.
Personnel Advertising (Perspectives on History and the annual meeting Job Center)
- Job discrimination is illegal, and open hiring on the basis of merit depends on fair practice in recruitment, thereby ensuring that all professionally qualified persons may obtain appropriate opportunities. Candidates should be evaluated exclusively on professional criteria and should not be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, disability, or marital status, except in those cases in which federal law allows specific preference in hiring.
- The AHA will not accept a job listing that (1) contains wording that either directly or indirectly links sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, ideology, political affiliation, age, disability, or marital status to a specific job offer; or (2) contains wording requiring applicants to submit special materials for the sole purpose of identifying the applicant's sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, disability, or marital status.
- The AHA does make an exception to these criteria in three unique cases: (1) open listings for minority vita banks that are clearly not linked with specific jobs, fields, or specializations; (2) ads that require religious identification or affiliation for consideration for the position, a preference that is allowed to religious institutions under federal law; and (3) fellowship advertisements.
- The AHA retains the right to refuse or edit all discriminatory statements from copy submitted to the Association that is not consistent with these guidelines or with the principles of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The AHA accepts advertisements from academic institutions whose administrations are under censure by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), but requires that this fact be clearly stated. Refer to http://www.aaup.org/our-programs/academic-freedom/censure-list for more information.
- The decision to allow items to be exhibited, advertised, and/or sold under the auspices of the American Historical Association does not necessarily constitute endorsement or approval of any product or service advertised, or any point of view, standard, or opinion presented therein.
- For advertisements, the advertiser and/or advertising agency assume liability for all ad content, including text preparation and illustrations. It is understood that the advertiser and/or advertising agency will indemnify and hold the publisher harmless from and against any loss, expense, or other liability resulting from any suits, including actions for libel, breach of warranty, negligence, product liability, misrepresentation, fraud, violation of privacy, plagiarism, copyright infringement, and any other claims or suits whatsoever that may arise from publication of such advertisement.
- The AHA will not be bound by any term(s) or condition(s) that an advertiser or exhibitor includes on order forms or invoices unless it has agreed in writing to such term(s) or condition(s).
- Other than the return of any charge that has been paid, the AHA is not liable for any alleged loss or damages if an advertisement is omitted for any reason.
- Advertiser claims for errors will be decided on a case-by-case basis with discounts offered for the advertisement in question or on the advertiser's next order provided it is determined that the AHA made the error and that the error seriously affected the advertiser.