Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Another embargo break for PNAS, for a climate change paper

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pnas 14PNAS has had a rash of embargo breaks recently.

The journal’s press office sent this email to its media list a few minutes before 11 a.m. Eastern yesterday, about four hours before the journal’s scheduled embargo time: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

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NIH angers reporters it held at the embargo gate after WSJ scored a scoop

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banner-nihlogoScience biology deputy news editor John Travis was not happy Tuesday morning, February 4:

He wasn’t the only reporter angry at the NIH. Two Nature journalists retweeted him.

Here’s what happened: By February 3, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had a bead on a partnership between the NIH and a group of drug companies to further research, and was ready to publish a story about it. But at 9:54 p.m. on February 3, the NIH sent this email to its press list: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

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AP breaks abortion data embargo

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guttmacher_largeYesterday, following a break by the Associated Press (AP), the Guttmacher Institute press office lifted the embargo early on a study showing that abortion rates had fallen to 1970s levels.

From a message sent by the Guttmacher Institute at 4:40 p.m. Eastern, more than seven hours before the scheduled embargo lift at 12:01 a.m.: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

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