Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Break an embargo, get fined $70,000

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ferrariWhen it comes to sanctions for science journal embargo breaks, it seems to depend who you are. As a rule of thumb, smaller outlets get punished, while larger ones don’t, although there have certainly been exceptions, and most breaks aren’t punished at all.

But automotive media reporters — some of whom have griped about embargoes before — are buzzing this week about a threat by Ferrari to fine journalists who hit the gas before the starting gun on stories about their new car, LaFerrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Here’s the rest of the embargoed Embargo Watch story

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plos ntdEarlier today, some Embargo Watch readers may have seen a post about part of a story involving the tsetse fly genome. Now the whole story can be told.

The earlier post went live when a Science study did. In the press materials, that study was accompanied by this note: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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If you read this Embargo Watch post, you’ll get just part of the story

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science 2014Dear Embargo Watch readers, I’m trying something a bit different today. The story you’re about to read will arrive in two parts, for reasons that may be obvious now but which will certainly be obvious when the second post goes live later this afternoon.

As this post goes live, so does a study in Science reporting on the sequence of the tsetse fly, which carries trypanosomiasis — aka sleeping sickness — in sub-Saharan Africa: Read the rest of this entry »

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April 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Females have penises! And a Spanish news outlet breaks an embargo

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current biologyEmbargo Watch has some penetrating news about a real cock-up.

Here’s the top of an email from Cell Press to its media list today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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String of PNAS embargo breaks continues with one from Sacramento Bee

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pnas 14For the fifth time this year, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) had to lift the embargo early on a study because of an embargo break.

From the PNAS news office this morning at 8 a.m. Eastern, days ahead of the Monday afternoon scheduled embargo time: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

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PNAS lifts embargo early on DNA damage-stressful childhood study after Quartz story breaks it

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pnas 14The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early today on a study linking of stressful childhood to DNA damage after a Quartz story ran on the paper Saturday.

From a PNAS email that went out at 8:32 a.m. Eastern today, several hours before the scheduled 3 p.m. embargo: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

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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: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

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