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Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Break an embargo, get fined $70,000

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ferrariWhen it comes to sanctions for science journal embargo breaks, it seems to depend who you are. As a rule of thumb, smaller outlets get punished, while larger ones don’t, although there have certainly been exceptions, and most breaks aren’t punished at all.

But automotive media reporters — some of whom have griped about embargoes before — are buzzing this week about a threat by Ferrari to fine journalists who hit the gas before the starting gun on stories about their new car, LaFerrari. That fine will be 50,000 euros — about $70,000.

There are actually a few embargoes at work here, making this a complicated story, so you can read the details at Autocar.

But imagine if this was the dynamic in science journals. PNAS would have collected several hundred thousand dollars already this year.

Hat tip: Bill Sharfman

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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