Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

Newspaper can’t wait another hour to reveal 5,000-year-old beer recipe; breaks embargo

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo 20 minutes early on a paper scheduled to go live today at 3 p.m. Eastern time, after a story appeared in a UK news outlet at 2 p.m.

The release read: “Archaeological artifacts from a site in northern China suggest a 5,000-year-old recipe for beer, according to a study.” PNAS tells Embargo Watch:

A story was published in the Mirror before the scheduled embargo. We are investigating the circumstances.

By my count, this is PNAS’s first embargo break of 2016. They had ten in 2015.

A note to readers: As many of you know, Embargo Watch has taken a bit of a back seat to its sister blog, Retraction Watch. But I’ve been encouraged — by fellow obsessives who want more content here, and also by some controversial behavior by some institutions — to give the battery a jump-start, and I think I have a plan for doing that. So stay tuned.

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Yes, please! More Embargo Watch!

    Lila Guterman

    May 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm


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