Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Science lifts embargo on dog breeding study early after break

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From the Science Press Package at 12:45 p.m. Eastern today:

Effectively immediately, Science is lifting the embargo on the Report listed below because of an embargo violation.

“Arctic-adapted dogs emerged at the Pleistocene–Holocene transition,” by M.-H.S. Sinding et al.

The Science Press Package Team and EurekAlert! take such violations extremely seriously and will be investigating the circumstances leading to this embargo violation with the responsible media outlet. We apologize for the inconvenience this issue creates for our registrants globally. The SciPak entry for this paper can be found on the EurekAlert! portal here: https://www.eurekalert.org/s/jrnls/sci/

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Written by Ivan Oransky

June 25, 2020 at 1:48 pm

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Remember, folks: It’s weird embargo time season

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It’s like clockwork.

I wrote about “weird embargo time season” a decade ago, and here I am writing about it again.

Twice per year — once in March and once in November — parts of the world set their clocks either forward or backward on a different day than other parts of the world.

That means that for a total of four weeks per year, the standard embargo time for a journal may seem to be an hour different.

Science and its publisher, AAAS, no doubt know this, but even those of us who obsess think about embargoes a great deal can forget. Witness this message that went out from EurekAlert! yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 10, 2020 at 6:30 am

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Max Planck Institute press release breaks embargo on PNAS paper

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The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early on Friday on a paper because the corresponding author’s institute posted a press release days before the embargo was scheduled to lift.

According to an announcement from PNAS, in the paper, “Two systems for thinking about others’ thoughts in the developing brain,” “Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann and colleagues used MRI to examine cortical surface area and thickness in 38 three-year-old and four-year-old children.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 9, 2020 at 5:30 am

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UK Press Association breaks embargo on tiny study of potential endometriosis drug

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pa mediaThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has lifted the embargo early on a study of a potential drug for endometriosis, after the UK Press Association ran the story early.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch:

A wire story from the UK Press Association was published ahead of the scheduled embargo. We are investigating the circumstances. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm

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Reuters banned from cardiology meeting after embargo break

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accThe American College of Cardiology (ACC) has revoked press access for Reuters reporters to its next annual meeting, following an embargo break that the wire service said was inadvertent.

Last week, Embargo Watch reported that Reuters broke the embargo on two studies being presented at the ACC meeting last month in New Orleans but would not face sanctions from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which had published the papers. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 1, 2019 at 9:46 am

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Reuters won’t face NEJM sanctions for cardiology meeting embargo break

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nejmReuters, which broke the embargo on two studies being presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting two weekends ago in New Orleans, will not face sanctions from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), which had published the papers.

Apparently, Reuters contacted NEJM about the break when it happened. According to a note from NEJM’s manager of media relations and communications: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 25, 2019 at 8:00 am

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The math prize embargo that didn’t add up

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The Fields Medal

What a mess.

Last Wednesday, at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio, the International Mathematical Union announced the winners of the Fields Medal, which many consider the Nobel Prize of math. The announcements had been embargoed until 11:30 a.m. Rio time, which is 10:30 U.S. East Coast time.

But as David Castelvecchi, who covers math, physics, and other subjects for Nature, tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 7, 2018 at 8:30 am

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Did an advocacy group just take a step toward a dreaded “close hold embargo?”

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public citizen hrgOn Monday, an email from a reporter landed in my inbox with a subject line that began: “FOR EMBARGO WATCH.” My immediate reaction was one of guilt; as readers know, I have not been able to find a fraction of the time I’d like to write here. But then I opened the email, and saw a curious thing.

Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, which is more than a little media savvy, was sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), criticizing how studies of ketamine had been conducted. Nothing all that unusual there; it’s the kind of thing the Health Research Group does regularly.

This is what struck my correspondent as unusual: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 25, 2018 at 7:21 am

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PNAS lifts embargo early on study of narwhals after CBC breaks it

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pnasThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early today on a study of which marine mammals were most vulnerable to sea vessels on newly opened parts of the Arctic, after a story appeared on the CBC before the originally scheduled embargo time.

From an email from PNAS to its media list: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

July 2, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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Retraction Watch: When — and how — should journals flag papers that don’t quite meet retraction criteria?

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This is a post from Retraction Watch, our sister blog that’s unfortunately facing technical issues that are taking a while to iron out. Until we sort those out, Retraction Watch is posting a few stories here.

COPEReaders of Retraction Watch will be no strangers to the practice of issuing Expressions of Concern — editorial notices from journals that indicate a paper’s results may not be valid. While a good idea in theory — so readers can be aware of potential issues while an investigation is underway — in practice, it’s a somewhat flawed system. As we (and others before us) have shown, so-called EOCs can linger indefinitely, leaving researchers unsure how to interpret a flagged paper.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) agrees that the system has room for improvement. Although COPE has included advice on when to issue EOCs within its retraction guidelines, it has allotted time in the next COPE Forum (Feb 26) to discuss the topic. Some questions it’s considering:

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February 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

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