Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Archive for September 2014

Who’d have thunk it? Embargo broken on announcement of first U.S. case of Ebola

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cdc_logoPeople have been asking me whether I can explain why the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has had so many embargo breaks this year (8, for those of you keeping score at home). Although I suspect that it has to do with the fact that PNAS has been publishing a lot of studies on hot-button issues such as climate change, and that the stories land on the desks of editors who aren’t familiar with embargoes, I really don’t know.

But here’s an embargo break that I don’t need any help explaining.

Here’s what was at the top of the media alert the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out at about 4:30 Eastern today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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Embargo break by Dallas Morning News on fracking study is PNAS’s 8th this year

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is having a rough time of it in 2014 embargo-wise.

For the eighth time this year, the journal had to lift the embargo early on a study because of a break. PNAS tells us this message to reporters resulted from a Dallas Morning News story today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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PNAS lifts embargo on Neanderthal rock engraving after seventh break this year

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pnas juneThis message went out to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) media list earlier today:

Due to an embargo break, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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