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UK’s Telegraph loses embargoed access to Nature after breaking embargo on stem cell paper

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cover_natureThe Telegraph newspapers will lose access to embargoed content from Nature for a month, with one of their reporters losing that access for three months, following an embargo break earlier today on studies of a newer and faster way to create stem cells.

The story that broke the embargo, written by Sarah Knapton, has was removed temporarily from the newspaper’s site but has now reappeared.

Nature, which lifted the embargo early on the studies ahead of the usual 1 p.m. Eastern embargo, tells us:

Nature Publishing Group is clear that it expects registered journalists to respect its embargos and all journalists agree to do so when they register to receive our press releases.  Given the significance of the break and the inconvenience to journalists and all other parties involved, the journalist in question will have access to Nature Publishing Group’s embargoed materials removed for a period of three months and all Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph journalists will lose access for a period of one month.

A different Daily Telegraph reporter lost access to the JAMA journals in 2012 for another embargo break.

I’ve asked Knapton for comment.


Written by Ivan Oransky

January 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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