Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Triclosan study marks PNAS’s tenth embargo break this year

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pnas juneAlthough it didn’t lead to an early embargo lift, a university press office and a local news site broke the embargo today on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of whether the soap ingredient triclosan causes liver damage in mice.

A press release from the University of California, Davis, where the researchers are based, went live before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, as did a story in San Diego Metro.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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Embargo on liberal-conservative disgust paper lifted early after Newsweek break

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current biologyA message to journalists today from Cell Press, publishers of Current Biology:

Cell Press has lifted the embargo on the following press release due to early reporting. The paper is publishing online in the journal Current Biology on Thursday October 30 at 12:00pm NOON EDT.

Liberal or Conservative? Reactions to Disgust Are a Dead Giveaway

The “early reporting” began with a break by Newsweek and cascaded from there. Cell Press tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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PNAS suffers ninth embargo break this year

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early yesterday on a paper because of an embargo break — the ninth time this year they’ve had to do that.

Here’s what went to the journal’s press list yesterday afternoon, days before the embargo was scheduled to lift on Monday afternoon: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

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Who’d have thunk it? Embargo broken on announcement of first U.S. case of Ebola

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cdc_logoPeople have been asking me whether I can explain why the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has had so many embargo breaks this year (8, for those of you keeping score at home). Although I suspect that it has to do with the fact that PNAS has been publishing a lot of studies on hot-button issues such as climate change, and that the stories land on the desks of editors who aren’t familiar with embargoes, I really don’t know.

But here’s an embargo break that I don’t need any help explaining.

Here’s what was at the top of the media alert the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out at about 4:30 Eastern today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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Embargo break by Dallas Morning News on fracking study is PNAS’s 8th this year

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is having a rough time of it in 2014 embargo-wise.

For the eighth time this year, the journal had to lift the embargo early on a study because of a break. PNAS tells us this message to reporters resulted from a Dallas Morning News story today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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PNAS lifts embargo on Neanderthal rock engraving after seventh break this year

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pnas juneThis message went out to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) media list earlier today:

Due to an embargo break, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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Break an embargo? Lose access, says Hopkins

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jhmiOne of the issues that comes up fairly often on Embargo Watch is why embargo breakers aren’t sanctioned more frequently. Press officers seem to bend over backward to give news outlets — particularly big ones — the benefit of the doubt.

Well, apparently Johns Hopkins plans to give its policies some teeth. An email sent to its press list yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

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