AAS plays the “freely available but embargoed” game with its conference abstracts
The American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences meeting will finish up today in Pasadena, California. It’s been the subject of lots of news coverage of the conference in many science-themed outlets. (One reporter, Science News‘ Ron Cowen, got Ingelfingered.)
But it turns out you didn’t need to wait until this week to read about the abstracts at that conference. In yet another example of “freely available but embargoed,” those abstracts were all online and open to the public at least two weeks before the conference started.
I contacted the DPS press officer when Lakdawalla first let me know about the abstracts, but I never heard back. I was kind of hoping they’d change their minds, as the European Society of Human Genetics did. I’ll update this post if I hear back.
I know about at least two other meetings coming up in the next few weeks whose abstracts are freely available but embargoed. In keeping with an admittedly conservative Embargo Watch policy, I will not name those until after the “embargoes” lift.
I really doubt that Jonathan Leake will do the same. And I really couldn’t blame him.