Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Archive for June 2014

Seralini republishes retracted GMO-rats paper, again with an unusual embargo

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env sci europeIn 2012, when Gilles Seralini and colleagues published a paper in Food and Chemical Toxicology on the effects of GMO maize and the herbicide Roundup on rats, they did something very unusual: They forced reporters who wanted advance copies of the study to agree not to talk to anyone about it before the embargo lifted.

I called that an attempt to turn reporters into stenographers, and Carl Zimmer said that any journalists who agreed to the terms was engaging in a “rancid, corrupt way to report about science.”

The paper was retracted last year, but Seralini et. al. have republished it, and sent the new version to reporters under embargo for today at 11 a.m. Paris time.

This time, they didn’t put the same restrictions on the embargo, but they did do something else unusual: They intentionally omitted the name of the journal from the embargoed materials, saying they’d release that during a press conference just beginning as this post goes live.  Why? Seralini told me by email: Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Ivan Oransky

June 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

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PNAS lifts embargo early after finding three-month old article by author describing findings

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pnas juneAfter what the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is calling an “embargo break,” the journal has lifted the embargo early on a paper because the findings were described by the author in a popular science magazine in April.

Here’s the email that went out yesterday a bit before 7 p.m. Eastern, days before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo Monday: Read the rest of this entry »

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June 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

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