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Nature runs with another short embargo. This time, Science played along, too.

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cover_natureA bit more than a month ago, I wrote about a 29-hour embargo for a Nature paper on the Kennewick Man that made a number of reporters pretty angry. Today, the embargo lifted on another Nature paper — also involving the origins of peoples in North America — just 29 hours after the paper was sent to reporters.

What made this case a bit different was that the embargo ended up lifting on a Science paper (the DOI seems to not yet resolve is now working) on a similar subject at the same time. I’ll let Science explain how that happened: Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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No self control? Daily Mail story forces PNAS to lift ideology-self control paper embargo early

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pnas juneFor the fifth time this year, PNAS has lifted the embargo early on a paper today because of a story published before the embargo was scheduled to lift. About an hour before the 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, the journal sent this to its press list: Read the rest of this entry »

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June 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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A tipping point? Nature angers science journalism corps with short Kennewick Man embargo

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cover_natureIt took 9,000 years for the remains of Kennewick Man to be found in 1996, nearly a decade of legal wrangling with the government for scientists to gain the rights to study him, and almost another decade for researchers to reveal his secrets.

But this week Nature, in a move that irritated a number of leading science journalists, decided that the news just couldn’t wait several more days so that reporters would have time to digest the details of what one journalist accurately described as “an incredibly complicated subject.”

As usual, we’ll leave the analysis of the results to the stories by journalists focused on the paper itself. Here’s some of the abstract, to provide a bit of context: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

June 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Another embargo break at PNAS, this time by author press release

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early Monday on a paper after the company where some of its authors work broke it in a press release. Here’s a notice from the journal to the media on Monday, a few hours before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern lift:

PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo:

Article #15-06207: “Precision-guided antimicrobial peptide as a targeted modulator of human microbial ecology,” by Lihong Guo et al.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Circadian embargo clock malfunctions as press release is published ahead of schedule

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Melatonin, anyone?

PNAS lifted the embargo early on a study today following the publication of a university press release on a website some time before the embargo was scheduled to lift. This was the top of a PNAS press office email to reporters just before noon Eastern today, three hours before the embargo was scheduled to lift: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

May 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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PNAS lifts fructose-appetite study embargo early after realizing media had covered presentation months ago

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pnas junePNAS sent a message to its media list on Friday that began:

PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo:

Glucose, fructose, and appetite

Fructose may enhance the reward value of high-calorie food and promote eating, compared with glucose, according to a study. Differences in metabolism of fructose and glucose may lead to differential effects on physiological and behavioral responses to food. To assess the different effects of the two sugars on hunger and food cue responses in the brain, Kathleen A. Page and colleagues conducted fMRI scans on 24 people who had been given drinks sweetened with fructose on one day and glucose on another day.

The journal tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

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PNAS lifts narcissism embargo early after wire service story breaks it

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Is breaking an embargo a symptom of narcissism?

From the top of an email sent at 2:14 p.m Eastern Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to its media list Monday, 46 minutes before the embargo on the study in question was scheduled to lift: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

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