Our embargo policy provides fair and equal access to our published articles, so that journalists can research the latest science while ensuring that the published articles are accessible to everyone when first reported in the media. It gives researchers the opportunity to provide comments and gives press officers adequate time to coordinate coverage with scientists at their institutions.
Eligibility to Access Embargoed Materials
Journalists and freelancers writing for publications that are registered with EurekAlert! are eligible to receive embargoed materials from PLOS. Science bloggers of good standing may also be eligible. All recipients agree to follow the terms of the embargo policy. Individuals who break the embargo policy will be removed from PLOS’ press list for a period to be determined by PLOS.
All content published by PLOS is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. You should credit the appropriate PLOS journal in your coverage and provide a link to the freely available article in any online coverage.
Conditions of the PLOS Embargo Policy
Stories or reports on accepted PLOS articles may not be published, broadcast, posted online, or on social media or placed in the public domain before the embargo date and time. Precise embargo dates and times will be clearly marked on all embargoed materials.
Embargoed materials are for background research only. Journalists may share embargoed materials only with experts in the field to seek comment, but such materials must be clearly identified as embargoed and must include the embargo date and time. Journalists are responsible for taking all necessary steps to ensure that third parties honor the embargo.
Press officers may not distribute embargoed materials in the public domain before the embargo date. However, embargoed materials may be distributed to the media by press officers up to one week before the embargo date. Releases must be clearly identified as embargoed and must include the embargo date and time. Press officers are responsible for taking necessary steps to ensure that all third parties honor the embargo.
PLOS will provide advance notice of press-released articles to members of its press list up to seven days ahead of publication. Distribution and use of all advance materials are subject to the PLOS embargo policy.
Individuals who break the embargo policy will be removed from PLOS’ press list for a period to be determined by PLOS.
Policy for Preprints
PLOS does not embargo work that has been made available as a preprint. Conclusions presented in a preprint may change as a result of peer review and journalists should make this clear in their reporting, particularly when covering research with implications for public health or other sensitive topics.
A Note to Scientists
The embargo policy does not prevent you and your coauthors from discussing your work with colleagues (for example, in a presentation at a conference), in fact, you’re encouraged to do so!
Prior publicity in the media will not affect decisions to publish work in a PLOS journal. However, ensuring that media coverage of your research does not appear until the final article is publicly available will help you achieve maximum visibility for your work.
if you’re discussing unpublished research with the media (including preprints), make sure that the report does not come out ahead of publication. These guidelines will help your final, peer-reviewed article reach the broadest audience when it becomes available to see, cite, and share with readers.