If, 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 »
A 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 »
For 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 »
It 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 »
The 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 »
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 »
From a note sent to the journal’s media list yesterday just before noon Eastern (links added): Read the rest of this entry »