Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

“Whoops.” Science lifts embargo early on dog speech processing study after break by Motherboard

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science 2014At 4:47 p.m. Eastern today, about three days before the embargo on this week’s issue was scheduled to lift, Science/AAAS sent out this email to its media list:

Effectively immediately, Science is lifting the embargo on the study, “Neural mechanisms for lexical processing in dogs,” by A. Andics and colleagues, because of an embargo violation by a registered outlet to which other reporter registrants have made us aware.

The Science Press Package Team and EurekAlert! take such violations extremely seriously and we will be following up swiftly with the responsible media outlet. We apologize for the inconvenience this issue creates for our registrants globally.

The embargo breaker? Motherboard, who had already taken the piece down, replacing it with this, (headlined “Whoops”): Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

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Good news: PNAS won’t embargo papers that have already appeared as preprints

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32.coverAbout a month ago, I suggested — based on an example of things gone wrong — that journals shouldn’t embargo papers that had already appeared on preprint servers. A little more than a week after that, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) seemed to agree.

And now, they’ve made it official. Here’s a note the journal sent its press list Friday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

Doing the right thing: PNAS decides not to embargo paper that had appeared as a preprint

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pnas juneOn July 8, following a bit of a clumsy episode involving the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), I urged journals not to embargo papers that had already appeared as preprints.

A week later, this arrived in my inbox: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Journals: Don’t embargo papers that have already appeared as preprints. Here’s why.

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pnas juneThe ever-changing world of scientific publishing can be a messy and confusing place, full of unintended, if not unanticipated, consequences. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) learned that today, the hard way.

Here’s what happened: PNAS had a paper on human evolution embargoed for this coming Monday, at 3 p.m. Eastern, as is their custom. But a little after 3 p.m. Eastern today, the journal sent out an alert to its media list saying that the embargo on the paper, “Genetic evidence for natural selection in humans in the contemporary United States,” was being lifted immediately.

Why? I asked. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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Columbia University breaks embargo on researchers’ paper

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo about three hours early on a paper scheduled to go live yesterday at 3 p.m. Eastern time, after a press release appeared on the website of the university medical center home of some of the researchers, and a story ran on a wire service.

From a PNAS email sent to reporters yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

June 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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Newspaper can’t wait another hour to reveal 5,000-year-old beer recipe; breaks embargo

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo 20 minutes early on a paper scheduled to go live today at 3 p.m. Eastern time, after a story appeared in a UK news outlet at 2 p.m.

The release read: “Archaeological artifacts from a site in northern China suggest a 5,000-year-old recipe for beer, according to a study.” PNAS tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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PNAS lifts embargo early for tenth time this year, following break

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo on a study early on Monday, following an embargo break. Here’s the top of the message that went out to the journal’s media list at 2:38 p.m. Eastern, 22 minutes before the scheduled embargo lift: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

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