On Tuesday, I reported that the journal PeerJ had broken its own embargo on a study of the brontosaurus, and had actually planned to in an attempt to “make sure it was published and online correctly before the press started linking to it.” The journal, as I noted, was in essence saying that it was “fine to make something available online but keep the embargo.” And there are other ways to ensure studies are available online when embargoes lift — something many journals, PNAS notably not included, have figured out.
The PeerJ policy had generated some criticism before the Embargo Watch post, and reactions on Twitter and elsewhere were also critical, with rare exceptions. Today, thanks to a comment by news release service Alpha Galileo, we learned that PeerJ has reversed its policy.
I asked PeerJ to confirm, and explain their rationale. They responded: Read the rest of this entry »
By now, if you follow science news, you have no doubt seen coverage of a new study claiming that yes, Brontosaurus really is a dinosaur.
That study appeared in PeerJ, a relatively new journal (which, in the interests of full disclosure, has asked me to review a paper). The reason you’re reading about it on Embargo Watch is that several reporters were a bit dismayed to see that the study had been published at PeerJ some time before its scheduled 7 a.m. Eastern embargo today. As Nature’s Ewen Callaway tweeted: Read the rest of this entry »
Is breaking an embargo a symptom of narcissism?
From the top of an email sent at 2:14 p.m Eastern Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to its media list Monday, 46 minutes before the embargo on the study in question was scheduled to lift: Read the rest of this entry »
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early yesterday on a study of a potential new blood marker for cancer after two newspapers reported on the findings before the scheduled lift time of 3 p.m. Eastern today.
Here’s the top of an email sent to reporters yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »
The top of an email from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to reporters this morning: Read the rest of this entry »
On Thursday morning, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) media consultant Emma Mason sent the following message to her press list: Read the rest of this entry »
Although it didn’t lead to an early embargo lift, a university press office and a local news site broke the embargo today on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of whether the soap ingredient triclosan causes liver damage in mice.
PNAS tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »