Public Lashings and Blackballing Enforce System Built on Trust

Science  30 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5390, pp. 866
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5390.866

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What happens when journalists or scientists break the embargo rules? Most journal editors interviewed by Science said they could not recall ever withdrawing a paper from publication because an author had spoken out of turn to reporters. Three said this has happened at least once, but none could name a scientist who had been punished. Some journals have, however, barred reporters from receiving embargoed material when they break the rules and denounced them in editorials.