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Embargo disappears into two supermassive black holes after Sunday Times story

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From an email that went out from the Nature press office this morning:

Due to early reporting, we are lifting the embargo on the below paper and you may report on this research now. The rest of the papers on this week’s Nature press release remain under embargo until 1800 London time (GMT) on Wednesday 07 December.

The study under embargo was the “discovery of the two biggest supermassive black holes ever found,” according to the release.

Nature tells Embargo Watch that it’s still looking into what happened. The Sunday Times ran a story about the research online and in print, and Nature contacted the paper, but noted that it doesn’t receive embargoed Nature releases.

The authors were contacted by other journalists who had pointed out the early reporting and we felt it was in everyone’s best interests to lift the embargo.

The Sunday Times, as far as Embargo Watch knows, doesn’t accept any embargo agreements, and obtains embargoed material in other ways, including finding freely available but “embargoed” abstracts.

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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