Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

No longer embargoed: The 10 Embargo Watch embargo guidelines

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Soon after I launched Embargo Watch in early 2010, various reporters and public affairs officers have asked me to gather the various “rules” I’ve suggested for embargoes into one place, using vignettes that illustrate how they’ve been broken. That always felt like a good idea, but not one I ever found time for.

Well, I finally got around to it, thanks to a request from my friend Fabio Turone, the managing editor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Public Health. You can now read my list of 10 guidelines for using embargoes, titled “If you must use embargoes, here’s how to do it right.” It’s everything from not putting an embargo on freely available information, to how much time to give reporters, and more.

Feedback is, as always, encouraged.

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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