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PNAS lifts narcissism embargo early after wire service story breaks it

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Is breaking an embargo a symptom of narcissism?

From the top of an email sent at 2:14 p.m Eastern Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to its media list Monday, 46 minutes before the embargo on the study in question was scheduled to lift:

PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo:

•       Origins of narcissism in children

Children who are overvalued by their parents may develop narcissistic traits, according to a study.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch:

We were informed that a wire story ran without an embargo note. We are investigating the matter.

PNAS’s weekly note to reporters does include this line:

***Wire services’ stories must always carry the embargo time at the head of each item, and may not be sent out more than 24 hours before that time.

It is, however, weird embargo season.

This is the second forced early embargo lift at PNAS this year. They had 11 in 2014.


Written by Ivan Oransky

March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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