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Remember, folks: It’s weird embargo time season

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It’s like clockwork.

I wrote about “weird embargo time season” a decade ago, and here I am writing about it again.

Twice per year — once in March and once in November — parts of the world set their clocks either forward or backward on a different day than other parts of the world.

That means that for a total of four weeks per year, the standard embargo time for a journal may seem to be an hour different.

Science and its publisher, AAAS, no doubt know this, but even those of us who obsess think about embargoes a great deal can forget. Witness this message that went out from EurekAlert! yesterday:

The Science family journal email press packages deployed last night, Sunday 8 March, inaccurately communicated the embargo-lift times for each journal – noting them as 2:00pm US ET/19:00 GMT, when in fact the embargo-lift times for all journals this week are 2:00pm US ET/18:00 GMT (on the day of embargo lift of the respective journal).

To be clear, all content in each Science family journal is embargoed until 2:00 pm US ET/18:00 GMT on the journal’s embargo-lift day this week.

We apologize for any confusion our error may have caused.

Be safe out there, folks. Check those embargo times. For a list of when each country changes its clocks, visit this Wikipedia page.

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 10, 2020 at 6:30 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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