Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Reporters: EurekAlert wants to hear what you think

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If you’re registered with EurekAlert, the service wants to know how you use the service, and what you’d like to see change.

EurekAlert, because it is ubiquitous when it comes to embargoed material from journals and institutions, makes frequent appearances on Embargo Watch, whether it’s about whom they’ve (temporarily) banned from access, what happens when one of their press releases turns out to be unsubstantiated, or the requirements for access.

The subject of embargoes doesn’t show up on the survey, which can be found here. According to an email yesterday:

This survey is designed to gauge registered reporters’ and editors’ opinions of EurekAlert!. Your responses will help us make decisions about improving EurekAlert!’s content, layout and navigation, as well as guide our marketing and development efforts.

I used some of the free text response space to ask whether the service would consider ensuring that all of the embargoed releases from institutions were legitimate embargoes — to avoid situations like this.

Let EurekAlert know what you think of their service. The deadline is Friday night, June 3.

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Is it churlish to suggest that many reporters think whatever Eurekalert wants them to think? ;-p

    Ed Yong

    May 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

  2. well, i’m not really familiar with embargoes. but it appears that this pnas-story is embargoed (http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1101708108), but was covered by eurekalert (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/bu-cpb052611.php) sometime yesterday (and thus by the German “Der Spiegel” two hours ago or so [http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,765774,00.html]). Do I understand that correctly?

    ob

    May 31, 2011 at 6:02 am


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