Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

CHEST announces a new embargo policy that puts them on the Embargo Watch Honor Roll

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More than 16 months ago, just a few weeks after Embargo Watch was born, I wrote about a “freely available but embargoed” policy at CHEST, published by the American College of Chest Physicians. Here was that policy:

Embargo Policy:
Even though they appear online, CHEST Papers In Press are embargoed from media coverage until they appear in a forthcoming print issue of CHEST. When a Paper in Press appears in a print issue of CHEST, the article will adhere to the standard CHEST embargo policy. For questions regarding CHEST embargo policies, please contact the ACCP Public Relations Department…

As I noted then, comparing the policy to one at the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that has since been changed:

The basic idea is the same: Papers are available to any HighWire subscriber, but embargoed for press coverage. The differences: The PDFs of the papers themselves don’t mention the embargo, and it’s not clear how long the embargo lasts.

I didn’t like their “freely available but embargoed” policy any more than I liked any other. So you can imagine that I was quite pleased to see this land in my inbox this morning:


The journal CHEST, the official peer-reviewed publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, will have a new embargo policy starting July 14, 2011. The new embargo specifically addresses “Papers in Press”, those original research articles that are published online, ahead of print.

CHEST Papers in Press are embargoed to the media and the public until they are published online ahead of print. All other articles and supplements published in each monthly edition of CHEST, which do not appear as Papers in Press, are embargoed until they appear in the print issue, unless otherwise specified. The full embargo policy can be found online at: http://www.chestnet.org/accp/press-room.

The journal CHEST is officially published during the first week of each month; however, original research articles often appear online, as Papers in Press, before they appear in the official monthly issue. Prior to July 14, 2011, all articles that appeared online, as Papers in Press, were embargoed until they appeared in the print version.

Please note that new Papers in Press are posted each week and can be found at the following link:

We asked the journal what prompted the change, and will update with anything we hear back. In the meantime, however, we’re glad to welcome CHEST to the Embargo Watch Honor Roll.

The journal, and its publisher, join a number of others that have seen the light following Embargo Watch posts. There’s still room for others, particularly the American Gastroenterological Association.

The Embargo Watch Honor Roll is a bit like my wine cellar: I’ll make it as big as it needs to be if I find something good.


Written by Ivan Oransky

July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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  1. Yay Chest! (A journal I’m quite familiar with as it was dog-eared and passed around the ICU.) Hopefully, some of those online publications will be in Open Access journals!!


    July 15, 2011 at 11:12 am

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