Embargo Watch

Keeping an eye on how scientific information embargoes affect news coverage

PNAS lifts embargo early on DNA damage-stressful childhood study after Quartz story breaks it

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pnas 14The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early today on a study linking of stressful childhood to DNA damage after a Quartz story ran on the paper Saturday.

From a PNAS email that went out at 8:32 a.m. Eastern today, several hours before the scheduled 3 p.m. embargo: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

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JAMA Psychiatry lifts embargo early on studies of suicide in soldiers after break

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jama psychA set of studies of suicide among U.S. soldiers appearing in JAMA Psychiatry this week was originally embargoed for 4 p.m Eastern on Wednesday, March 5. But at 1:31 p.m. Eastern yesterday, March 3, Harvard Med’s press office sent their release around again, this time topped with: Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

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Quid pro quo: Earned media = priceless. For everything else, there’s MasterCard

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brit awardsQuid pro quo seemed to be alive and well at last night’s Brit Awards, featuring One Direction and Ellie Goulding — at least if the PR agency handling media for sponsor MasterCard had had their way.

PressGazette reports that a reporter asking for access to the event received this email: Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Embargo Watch

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February 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

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Another embargo break for PNAS, for a climate change paper

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pnas 14PNAS has had a rash of embargo breaks recently.

The journal’s press office sent this email to its media list a few minutes before 11 a.m. Eastern yesterday, about four hours before the journal’s scheduled embargo time: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

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NIH angers reporters it held at the embargo gate after WSJ scored a scoop

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banner-nihlogoScience biology deputy news editor John Travis was not happy Tuesday morning, February 4:

He wasn’t the only reporter angry at the NIH. Two Nature journalists retweeted him.

Here’s what happened: By February 3, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had a bead on a partnership between the NIH and a group of drug companies to further research, and was ready to publish a story about it. But at 9:54 p.m. on February 3, the NIH sent this email to its press list: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

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AP breaks abortion data embargo

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guttmacher_largeYesterday, following a break by the Associated Press (AP), the Guttmacher Institute press office lifted the embargo early on a study showing that abortion rates had fallen to 1970s levels.

From a message sent by the Guttmacher Institute at 4:40 p.m. Eastern, more than seven hours before the scheduled embargo lift at 12:01 a.m.: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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