Did July 4 holiday mean independence from the PNAS embargo?
Normally, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) embargo lifts every Monday at 3 p.m. Eastern. (The fact that some of the embargoed papers still aren’t available when the embargo lifts is a source of consternation for some.) But on Monday holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, the embargo is moved to Tuesday at 3.
That was the case this Monday, July 5, which was a national US holiday because July 4 fell on Sunday. PNAS’ press packet duly noted the difference last week, right at the top:
EMBARGOED: NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE:
Tuesday July 6 2010, 3:00 PM US Eastern Daylight Time / 7:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time
Wednesday July 7 2010, 4:00 AM Japanese Standard Time / 5:00 AM Australian Eastern Time
PNAS didn’t send out an early embargo lift notice, so I wondered whether this would be considered a break, or just chalked up to the embargo date change, so I contacted the PNAS press office. They responded:
The PNAS Office was closed Monday, July 5, and we regret any confusion regarding our embargo over the holiday weekend.
So: Happy Embargo Independence Day. Embargo Watch will keep an eye out on Labor Day — September 6 this year — for any similar incidents.