In 2012, when Gilles Seralini and colleagues published a paper in Food and Chemical Toxicology on the effects of GMO maize and the herbicide Roundup on rats, they did something very unusual: They forced reporters who wanted advance copies of the study to agree not to talk to anyone about it before the embargo lifted.
I called that an attempt to turn reporters into stenographers, and Carl Zimmer said that any journalists who agreed to the terms was engaging in a “rancid, corrupt way to report about science.”
The paper was retracted last year, but Seralini et. al. have republished it, and sent the new version to reporters under embargo for today at 11 a.m. Paris time.
This time, they didn’t put the same restrictions on the embargo, but they did do something else unusual: They intentionally omitted the name of the journal from the embargoed materials, saying they’d release that during a press conference just beginning as this post goes live. Why? Seralini told me by email: Read the rest of this entry »
After what the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is calling an “embargo break,” the journal has lifted the embargo early on a paper because the findings were described by the author in a popular science magazine in April.
Here’s the email that went out yesterday a bit before 7 p.m. Eastern, days before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo Monday: Read the rest of this entry »
This weekend, in a column titled “When Sources Set The Ground Rules,” New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan highlighted an unusual sentence in a story that had appeared in the paper: Read the rest of this entry »
That news is out early — with some extra speed, you might say — thanks to an embargo break by The New Republic. From an American Academy of Pediatrics note to media sent a little while ago: Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to sanctions for science journal embargo breaks, it seems to depend who you are. As a rule of thumb, smaller outlets get punished, while larger ones don’t, although there have certainly been exceptions, and most breaks aren’t punished at all.
But automotive media reporters — some of whom have griped about embargoes before — are buzzing this week about a threat by Ferrari to fine journalists who hit the gas before the starting gun on stories about their new car, LaFerrari. Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier today, some Embargo Watch readers may have seen a post about part of a story involving the tsetse fly genome. Now the whole story can be told.
The earlier post went live when a Science study did. In the press materials, that study was accompanied by this note: Read the rest of this entry »
Dear Embargo Watch readers, I’m trying something a bit different today. The story you’re about to read will arrive in two parts, for reasons that may be obvious now but which will certainly be obvious when the second post goes live later this afternoon.
As this post goes live, so does a study in Science reporting on the sequence of the tsetse fly, which carries trypanosomiasis — aka sleeping sickness — in sub-Saharan Africa: Read the rest of this entry »