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Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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PNAS lifts H7N9 flu-ethnicity study embargo early after The Australian breaks it

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pnas 14The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early today on a study of how people of various ethnicities may respond to the H7N9 flu strain after The Australian broke the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo.

From the PNAS press office earlier today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 6, 2014 at 10:50 pm

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Author breaks JAMA journal embargo on his own study with New York Times cancer screening op-ed

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Gil Welch, via Dartmouth

Gil Welch, via Dartmouth

Gil Welch, who has scrutinized cancer screening in a number of venues, has two-thirds of a publishing hat trick this week: An op-ed in the New York Times, and an article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Trouble is, the op-ed broke the embargo on the JAMA Internal Medicine paper.

From the JAMA press office today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Jalopnik nails it on embargoes: Not agreeing to them means a huge advantage

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jalopnikLast week, Matt Hardigree, the editor-in-chief of Gawker Media-owned car site Jalopnik, riffed on embargoes following the leak of photos of the 2015 Ford Mustang.

The background discussion will be familiar to Embargo Watch readers: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

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Radiology society lifts weight loss study embargo early after LA Times break

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rsnaThe Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has lifted the embargo early on a study scheduled to be presented at its annual meeting in Chicago next week.

From an email sent to media by the RSNA Saturday morning, November 23: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

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Doing it right: How a journal helped Ed Yong get a better story

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Ed Yong, courtesy Ed Yong

Ed Yong, courtesy Ed Yong

Yesterday, Ed Yong began a series of tweets as follows:

For this story, I sent Nature paper to Henrich for comment. He said he had paper showing same thing out in 2wks (1/3) http://www.nature.com/news/bigger-groups-mean-complex-cultures-1.14158

Yong, for those few of you unfamiliar, is the prolific blogger and longform science journalist who brings the world such stories as “These Sea Slugs Penetrate Each Other In The Head During Sex.” His tweets caught my attention, and before I could find the time to ask him for details for a potential Embargo Watch post, he’d sent me this narrative, which I agree is a nice story: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

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