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Max Planck Institute press release breaks embargo on PNAS paper

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The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early on Friday on a paper because the corresponding author’s institute posted a press release days before the embargo was scheduled to lift.

According to an announcement from PNAS, in the paper, “Two systems for thinking about others’ thoughts in the developing brain,” “Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann and colleagues used MRI to examine cortical surface area and thickness in 38 three-year-old and four-year-old children.”

A press release from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences told the story in a bit more detail. But it went live on Friday, three days before the embargo was scheduled to lift at 1500 Eastern time today, PNAS tells Embargo Watch.

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 9, 2020 at 5:30 am

Posted in pnas

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