Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

PeerJ broke its own embargo on brontosaurus paper — and that’s exactly what they meant to do

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peerjBy now, if you follow science news, you have no doubt seen coverage of a new study claiming that yes, Brontosaurus really is a dinosaur.

That study appeared in PeerJ, a relatively new journal (which, in the interests of full disclosure, has asked me to review a paper). The reason you’re reading about it on Embargo Watch is that several reporters were a bit dismayed to see that the study had been published at PeerJ some time before its scheduled 7 a.m. Eastern embargo today. As Nature’s Ewen Callaway tweeted: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm

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 »

Written by Ivan Oransky

March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

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PNAS lifts embargo on cancer detection study after reporting by Sunday Times, Daily Mail

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pnas juneThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early yesterday on a study of a potential new blood marker for cancer after two newspapers reported on the findings before the scheduled lift time of 3 p.m. Eastern today.

Here’s the top of an email sent to reporters yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

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eReader bedtime study subject of 11th embargo break at PNAS this year

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pnas juneThe top of an email from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to reporters this morning: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

December 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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Colon cancer study embargo lifted early after “gremlin in the machinery” leads to break

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eortcThe embargo on a colon cancer presentation at a Barcelona conference was lifted early Thursday after inadvertent breaks.

On Thursday morning, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) media consultant Emma Mason sent the following message to her press list: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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Triclosan study marks PNAS’s tenth embargo break this year

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pnas juneAlthough it didn’t lead to an early embargo lift, a university press office and a local news site broke the embargo today on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of whether the soap ingredient triclosan causes liver damage in mice.

A press release from the University of California, Davis, where the researchers are based, went live before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, as did a story in San Diego Metro.

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

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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Embargo on liberal-conservative disgust paper lifted early after Newsweek break

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current biologyA message to journalists today from Cell Press, publishers of Current Biology:

Cell Press has lifted the embargo on the following press release due to early reporting. The paper is publishing online in the journal Current Biology on Thursday October 30 at 12:00pm NOON EDT.

Liberal or Conservative? Reactions to Disgust Are a Dead Giveaway

The “early reporting” began with a break by Newsweek and cascaded from there. Cell Press tells Embargo Watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

October 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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