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Journals: Don’t embargo papers that have already appeared as preprints. Here’s why.

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pnas juneThe ever-changing world of scientific publishing can be a messy and confusing place, full of unintended, if not unanticipated, consequences. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) learned that today, the hard way.

Here’s what happened: PNAS had a paper on human evolution embargoed for this coming Monday, at 3 p.m. Eastern, as is their custom. But a little after 3 p.m. Eastern today, the journal sent out an alert to its media list saying that the embargo on the paper, “Genetic evidence for natural selection in humans in the contemporary United States,” was being lifted immediately.

Why? I asked. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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Columbia University breaks embargo on researchers’ paper

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo about three hours early on a paper scheduled to go live yesterday at 3 p.m. Eastern time, after a press release appeared on the website of the university medical center home of some of the researchers, and a story ran on a wire service.

From a PNAS email sent to reporters yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

June 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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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: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

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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