The state of embargoes

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The state of embargoes

  1. 1. The State of EmbargoesCanadian Science Writers AssociationOttawa, June 7, 2010<br />Ivan Oransky, MD<br />Executive Editor, Reuters Health<br />Blogger, Embargo Watch<br />http://embargowatch.wordpress.com<br />ivan-oransky@erols.com<br />
  2. 2. The Short Embargo Parade<br />American Journal of Gastroenterology<br />22:58 on May 11, 2010<br />
  3. 3. The Short Embargo Parade<br />The Lancet<br />9:19, March 31, 2010<br />
  4. 4. The Short Embargo Parade<br />The New England Journal of Medicine<br />4:00, on March 24, 2010<br />
  5. 5. The Short Embargo Parade<br />Journal of Clinical Oncology<br />2:41, May 24, 2010<br />
  6. 6. Unusual Embargo Policies<br />American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine<br />Studies are available on HighWire, but are then embargoed for press coverage for two weeks<br />
  7. 7. Unusual Embargo Policies<br />Chest<br />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<br />
  8. 8. Unusual Embargo Policies<br />University of Leeds<br />Embargoed a study that was already published in Geophysical Review Letters<br />
  9. 9. Unusual Embargo Policies<br />The Lancet<br />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 <br />
  10. 10. Unusual Embargo Policies<br />American Journal of Preventive Medicine<br />An embargo that lifts 26 different times, since it’s at news outlets’ local times<br />
  11. 11. When Studies aren’t Available at Embargo<br />
  12. 12. What Breaks are Worth an Early Embargo Lift?<br />Twitter – sometimes<br />Press releases – sometimes<br />Naming the journal – if you’re a mainstream outlet<br />Quoting from the paper – if you’re a mainstream outlet<br />
  13. 13. Exclusive + Embargo<br />The President’s Cancer Panel<br />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<br />
  14. 14. Exclusive + Embargo<br />The President’s Cancer Panel<br />Nick Kristof gets first dibs at a report linking chemicals to cancer, and the PR agency puts out a press release about their efforts<br />
  15. 15. By the Numbers<br />Since late February, 21 confirmed breaks <br /> Recognized by embargoing institution<br /> Embargo lifted early as a result<br />

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