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Oops! Neurology posts new issue early, lifts embargo

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At 9:58 a.m. Eastern Saturday, the American Academy of Neurology — which publishes the journal Neurology — sent out a mea culpa:

Due to a technical issue, the February 22, 2011 issue of Neurology® has posted online. Therefore, the embargo on the article featured in press release below has lifted. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The embargo on the issue, which includes a study of how to tell who can drive following a stroke, wasn’t scheduled to lift for more than two days, at 4 p.m. Eastern today. (I actually don’t see the new issue on the journal’s site, however.)

These things happen, of course, and are probably as irritating for press officers as they are for reporters. But good for Neurology to alert the media, as they say, as soon as they could.

Update, 10:50 a.m. Eastern, 2/23/11: The AAN press office tells Embargo Watch the error was found internally:

It was actually our PR team who was doing a search online related to stroke and discovered our publisher had mistakenly posted it a few hours before.  As a result, we made the decision to lift the embargo.  Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.


Written by Ivan Oransky

February 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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