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  • The State of EmbargoesCanadian Science Writers AssociationOttawa, June 7, 2010
    Ivan Oransky, MD
    Executive Editor, Reuters Health
    Blogger, Embargo Watch
    http://embargowatch.wordpress.com
    ivan-oransky@erols.com
  • The Short Embargo Parade
    American Journal of Gastroenterology
    22:58 on May 11, 2010
  • The Short Embargo Parade
    The Lancet
    9:19, March 31, 2010
  • The Short Embargo Parade
    The New England Journal of Medicine
    4:00, on March 24, 2010
  • The Short Embargo Parade
    Journal of Clinical Oncology
    2:41, May 24, 2010
  • Unusual Embargo Policies
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
    Studies are available on HighWire, but are then embargoed for press coverage for two weeks
  • Unusual Embargo Policies
    Chest
    The papers are available on HighWire when they’re ready, but you won’t know when the embargo lifts until the print TOCs are announced – often months later
  • Unusual Embargo Policies
    University of Leeds
    Embargoed a study that was already published in Geophysical Review Letters
  • Unusual Embargo Policies
    The Lancet
    7:01 p.m. Eastern – unless you’re on the East Coast of the U.S., in which case it’s 6:30 p.m., since nightly network newscasts start then
  • Unusual Embargo Policies
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine
    An embargo that lifts 26 different times, since it’s at news outlets’ local times
  • When Studies aren’t Available at Embargo
  • What Breaks are Worth an Early Embargo Lift?
    Twitter – sometimes
    Press releases – sometimes
    Naming the journal – if you’re a mainstream outlet
    Quoting from the paper – if you’re a mainstream outlet
  • Exclusive + Embargo
    The President’s Cancer Panel
    The New York Times cites and names a GAO report starting the night before a 2 p.m. embargo, but the Senate subcommittee that issued it under embargo won’t lift the embargo early
  • Exclusive + Embargo
    The President’s Cancer Panel
    Nick Kristof gets first dibs at a report linking chemicals to cancer, and the PR agency puts out a press release about their efforts
  • By the Numbers
    Since late February, 21 confirmed breaks
    Recognized by embargoing institution
    Embargo lifted early as a result