Scientist on Assignment articles for Press Releases

This Just In: Cake!

Posted: 04 Sep 2014

I spent a portion of the day working on a press release. It's an interesting one with a scientific contribution and immediate international consequences. That's great. Except...

The press release relies on a submitted manuscript that is referenced as a footnote. In preparing to interview the scientist, I requested the manuscript so that I could do a intelligent interview. But the researchers don't want to give it to me because it's not peer-reviewed yet. Does anyone else notice an inconsistency here?

You can't have your cake and eat it too, name-of-scientists-redacted-here!