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Scientific Meetings Produce Clash of Agendas

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Science  30 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5390, pp. 867-868
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5390.867

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All the pressures inherent in the embargo system converge at scientific meetings, often producing conflict and confusion. Scientists want to communicate their results freely, and meeting sponsors want maximum publicity for results presented there. But these goals can clash with the desire of publishers to see that papers due to appear in their journals are not preempted. Scientists are often caught in the middle, uncertain of the rules and fearful of losing a publication if they make the wrong move.