Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

“Bold baldies”: PNAS hair growth paper embargo lifted early after Sydney Morning Herald story posts

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pnas 42From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) press office this morning: Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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European Cancer Congress lifts all embargoes after abstracts fall into financial analysts’ hands

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logo_eccoThe European Cancer Congress, the conference of the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), sent this email to its press list a little while ago:

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are lifting embargoes on all European Cancer Congress press releases as of now. The abstracts are all online now, including late-breaking abstracts. They can be found here:

http://eccamsterdam2013.ecco-org.eu/Scientific-Programme/Searchable-Programme.aspx#anchorScpr

Therefore, for the remainder of the Congress we will email out the rest of our press releases either on the day of presentation to the congress or the press conference (whichever is earlier) and they will be for immediate release.

What happened? ECCO tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

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September 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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No longer embargoed: The 10 Embargo Watch embargo guidelines

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Soon after I launched Embargo Watch in early 2010, various reporters and public affairs officers have asked me to gather the various “rules” I’ve suggested for embargoes into one place, using vignettes that illustrate how they’ve been broken. That always felt like a good idea, but not one I ever found time for.

Well, I finally got around to it, thanks to a request from my friend Fabio Turone, the managing editor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Public Health. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

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Science reporters play the access game too: What embargoes have to do with Greenwald, Snowden, and Assange

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nsaDo science reporters, on a smaller scale, make the same kinds of deals for access as political reporters? Recent criticisms of Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange have led me to mull that question.

David Carr, the New York Times media columnist, wrote this week: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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CDC lengthens embargo time on MMWR

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mmwrStarting this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is lengthening the embargo on its flagship publication, the MMWR.

An email sent to media last week: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

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PNAS breaks its own embargo on insect paper

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pnasAn email from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to its press list yesterday afternoon:

Due to a production scheduling error, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper.

Article #13-00759: “Induced Plant Defenses, Host-Pathogen Interactions, and Forest Insect Outbreaks,” by Bret D. Elderd et al.

PNAS tells us: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

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Scientists like the gag order of the Ingelfinger Rule, says new paper

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There’s an interesting paper on the “gap” between science and the media in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). What caught Matt Shipman‘s eye enough to send it to Embargo Watch was a passage about the Ingelfinger Rule: Read the rest of this entry »

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August 22, 2013 at 9:30 am

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