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PLoS One friend network-flu study embargo broken

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PLoS One lifted the embargo early yesterday (Wednesday) on a paper on how your network of friends might help predict how the flu spreads. The paper had been embargoed for 5 p.m. yesterday, but a story went up on Tuesday.

At 2:38 p.m. Eastern yesterday, they sent out the original press release on the study, with this on top of it:

The embargo on this paper has been broken.  We appologize for the inconvenience this might have caused.

The embargo breaker was apparently a Reuters story.

As with a previous break involving colleagues, given all of the conflicts, I won’t offer further comment on this. Thanks for understanding.


Written by Ivan Oransky

September 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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