New Scientist accidentally breaks embargo on peacock mating paper
New Scientist broke the embargo on a Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) paper yesterday, apparently because staffers confused time zones.
Kathryn Knight, the JEB’s news and views editor, began looking into the break once Embargo Watch flagged it. Early this morning, she wrote me:
…I wonder if this might be a genuine mistake on behalf of the journalist. The JEB quotes both the UK and US East Coast embargo lift times in its press release (23:00BST, 18:00EDT) and I wonder if Mark Viney got the wrong time off the press release, taking 18:00 as the UK press release time, when it was actually 23:00 in the UK.
Knight wrote a few hours later, confirming that it was an unintentional error:
I have talked to New Scientist. I am satisfied that this was a genuine mistake and that there was no intent to break the embargo.
A number of other outlets wrote about the paper, including Scientific American.