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Be careful: It’s weird embargo time season

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It’s that time of year again, one of two periods during which times in parts of the world are separated by fewer hours than normal thanks to Daylight Savings Time — which means you have to watch those embargo times carefully.

The UK fell back an hour this past weekend, while the  US doesn’t do so until this coming weekend.  Those parts of Australia that observe DST, however, switched all the way back on October 3.

That means it’s worth an extra check to make sure you’re posting at the right embargo time if the journal you’re covering isn’t in your country. I covered the March version of this period back in, well, March.

For example, this was at the top of an email sent out this morning by Nature, whose Ruth Francis reminded Embargo Watch of the changes in a comment last week:

EMBARGO:       ***Please note changed embargo times due to changes to/from daylight savings times***

1800 London time (GMT) / 1400 US Eastern Time Wednesday 03 November
0300 Japanese time / 0500 Australian Eastern Time Thursday 04 November

Normally, of course, Nature‘s embargo lifts at 1 p.m. US Eastern Time, or 1300.

Apparently these various time changes aren’t only a headache for journals. Apple iPhone users in Australia, and then Europe, were late to appointments when their alarm clocks went off an hour late.

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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