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PNAS lifts embargo early for tenth time this year, following break

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo on a study early on Monday, following an embargo break. Here’s the top of the message that went out to the journal’s media list at 2:38 p.m. Eastern, 22 minutes before the scheduled embargo lift: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

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PNAS early embargo “break” total rises to nine for the year

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which lifted the embargo on papers early 11 times last year because of breaks or previous media coverage, is on track for a similar figure this year, thanks to three recent incidents.

On October 27 the journal sent this to its media list: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 16, 2015 at 10:00 am

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King’s College London takes responsibility for date snafu that led to apparent embargo break

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kclOn Monday morning, Newsweek’s Elijah Wolfson asked me a question on Twitter:

Wolfson was asking about this BBC story. So I checked things out, and learned that the apparent break wasn’t the BBC’s fault. The King’s College press office tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Richard Branson…conscientious embargo breaker?

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Richard Branson, via Wikimedia

Richard Branson, via Wikimedia

There’s a puzzling embargo-related story playing out about someone whose name I didn’t really ever expect to see grace the pages of Embargo Watch: Billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

Here’s what seems to have happened: This morning, Branson published a blog post at Virgin.com that began: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 19, 2015 at 9:30 am

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“Incorrect advice” from Nature leads to arXiv embargo oddity

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cover_natureLast Wednesday, New Scientist’s Jacob Aron noticed something odd about a paper on arXiv:

The abstract page for the paper, “Relativistic boost as the cause of periodicity in a massive black-hole binary candidate,” included this note: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

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PNAS lifts embargo early on results slated for coverage by Science News

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early today on a paper scheduled for release Monday, after learning that some of the results would be part of a feature being published today.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch why they lifted the embargo early on “Evidence for superconductivity in Li-decorated graphene:” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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The $30 million press releases: Breaking embargoes for fun, profit, and criminal charges

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secIf, like I do, you subscribe to daily emails from the press release service EurekAlert!, you may have noticed this boilerplate at the top of those emails:

Please note further that anyone using embargoed information for trading purposes may be in violation of the Securities Exchange Act.

If you’ve ever wondered what that was about, an Associated Press (AP) story explains in mind-blowing detail today.

Here’s the lead of the story from the AP, about what Federal authorities called “the biggest scheme of its kind ever prosecuted, and one that demonstrated yet another way in which the financial world is vulnerable to cybercrime:” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

August 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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