Science does the right thing, moving up monogamy paper embargo
An email from Science yesterday morning:
This morning we received a call from a major wire service, as well as several other journalists, alerting us to a scientificpaper in another major journal exploring the same question investigated in the embargoed Science paper, “The Evolution of Social Monogamy in Mammals.” Science/AAAS had planned a teleconference on this paper for Wednesday, 31 July.
As a service to journalists interested in covering both papers, we will be hosting the embargoed teleconference today, 29 July, at 1:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time. Furthermore, to synchronize the release time of the two papers, the embargo release time of this paper in Science will be lifted at 3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time today, 29 July. All information released during the press teleconference will remain under embargo until that time.
One would hope that journals would figure they’d at least get a mention in a story involving another journal’s work if they do this, instead of potentially getting ignored if they hold stubbornly to their own embargo in the hopes they’d be the focus of coverage. Science has done this at least a few times in recent years, but not every journal will.