Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

US Chemical Safety Board drops flawed policy following criticism from Embargo Watch

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us csbOn Thursday, I wrote about a troubling embargo policy at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) that forced reporters to agree not to seek outside comment on an investigation report before the embargo lifted, meaning only the CSB’s side of the story would make it into those first pieces.

To their credit the CSB heeded my criticisms, and they’ve decided to change their policy. Managing Director Daniel Horowitz responded Saturday with a comment: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

US Chemical Safety Board embargo policy turns reporters into stenographers

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us csbThe U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a damning report last night about a fatal 2010 explosion at a Tesoro refinery in Washington State. But to get an embargoed copy of that report to prepare a story, journalists had to agree to some terms that should make most of us uncomfortable.

Here are those terms: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

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UK’s Telegraph loses embargoed access to Nature after breaking embargo on stem cell paper

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cover_natureThe Telegraph newspapers will lose access to embargoed content from Nature for a month, with one of their reporters losing that access for three months, following an embargo break earlier today on studies of a newer and faster way to create stem cells.

The story that broke the embargo, written by Sarah Knapton, has was removed temporarily from the newspaper’s site but has now reappeared.

Nature, which lifted the embargo early on the studies ahead of the usual 1 p.m. Eastern embargo, tells us: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

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Dermatology journal lifts embargo early after organization forgets to include embargo notice

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jidEarly Monday morning of last week (January 20th), several hours before a scheduled noon Eastern embargo lift, the Nature Publishing Group press office sent a note to its media list:

Please note that the embargo on the Journal of Investigative Dermatology paper below is lifted, effective immediately, due to early reporting.

The beginning of the press release about the study: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

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New York Times, researcher won’t face sanctions for breast cancer screening embargo break

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nytLast month, as Embargo Watch reported, a New York Times op-ed by Dartmouth’s Gil Welch broke the embargo on a study Welch and a colleague were publishing the next day in JAMA Internal Medicine.

At the time, I wondered whether Welch and the Times would face sanctions. Now we have the answer.

JAMA’s editor-in-chief, Howard Bauchner, tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

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Infographic startup Visually sees red as Om Malik says they have “no clue” about embargoes

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visuallyA Twitter follower alerted me to an exchange earlier today involving a company’s embargoed announcement about a new round of funding.

When I read the exchange, it became clear: The company, Visually, blew it. See for yourself: Read the rest of this entry »

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January 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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Embargo breaks by Spanish, Chinese outlets force PNAS to lift embargo early for second time in two weeks

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pnas 14For the second week in a row, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted its embargo early after embargo breaks.

This week, it involved two studies. Here’s the email that went out to the journal’s media list at 11:25 a.m. Eastern today, some three and a half hours before the embargo was scheduled to lift:

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

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January 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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