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JAMA Psychiatry lifts embargo early on studies of suicide in soldiers after break

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jama psychA set of studies of suicide among U.S. soldiers appearing in JAMA Psychiatry this week was originally embargoed for 4 p.m Eastern on Wednesday, March 5. But at 1:31 p.m. Eastern yesterday, March 3, Harvard Med’s press office sent their release around again, this time topped with:

Due to an embargo break, the embargo has officially lifted. Papers are now available on the JAMA Psychiatry website.

The Harvard message came about 20 minutes after JAMA Psychiatry had sent out a message saying the papers were available on their site. That made me wonder whether this was a break, or a case of inadvertent posting.

JAMA tells Embargo Watch:

It was a break. We are looking into it.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I knew this would happen. This is a very hot topic right now.

    David Levine

    March 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

  2. I thought there was something fishy about this “break.” A little while after receiving Harvard’s notification of the embargo lift, I searched Google News for the stories that I assumed would be gushing forth, and found none. Zero. Whatever the break was, it had eluded the Google engine, yet somehow was significant enough for JAMA to lift the embargo. Hmm.

    John Gever

    March 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm


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