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No self control? Daily Mail story forces PNAS to lift ideology-self control paper embargo early

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pnas juneFor the fifth time this year, PNAS has lifted the embargo early on a paper today because of a story published before the embargo was scheduled to lift. About an hour before the 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, the journal sent this to its press list:

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

Article #15-03530: “The self-control consequences of political ideology,” by Joshua John Clarkson et al.

PNAS tells us:

We found a story with a Daily Mail byline that was published ahead of the embargo. We are investigating the circumstances of the break.

Here’s the story: “No wonder student protests always turn into brawls! Left-wingers can’t control themselves as well as conservatives, claims study.”

PNAS is more or less on pace to match last year’s early embargo lift total, 11. Of note: Three times this year, they have released studies without embargo, which would be one way to avoid breaks.


Written by Ivan Oransky

June 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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