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Science does the right thing, moving up monogamy paper embargo

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science 7-24It’s a seemingly small thing, but when journals move their embargoes so that coverage of issues can be more comprehensive, I like to encourage them.

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.

The study lifting at 3 p.m. yesterday was in PNAS. The move meant reporters like Carl Zimmer could include both studies in their stories.

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.


Written by Ivan Oransky

July 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Richard Harris whipped something together nice for NPR: http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-for-some-mammals-its-one-love-but-reasons-still-unclear/

    Seth Borenstein did likewise for AP: http://www.usnews.com/science/news/articles/2013/07/29/monogamy-may-sound-sweet-but-why-it-evolved-isnt

    And others…

    We ALL had to hustle, though!

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