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Scientist-to-Scientist Communication

The embargo policy serves scientists, journalists, and the public. The policy enables authors to interact with the media in a controlled fashion and benefit from the subsequent coverage. The peer review system gives journalists, and the public, confidence in the integrity of the science. Premature release to the media denies them that confidence as well as the ability to obtain informed reactions from other scientists.

The ATS does not wish to hinder communication between scientists. Material previously published in abstract form or presented at scientific meetings will be handled in the usual manner. Scientists are permitted to discuss their manuscripts with their peers in general terms, but should not discuss or distribute any portion of an unpublished manuscript in a manner that may directly or indirectly result in the distribution of the materials to the press or general public prior to the embargo date. Scientists also should not encourage or participate in the publication of their findings by any news media, including journalists attending scientific conferences and lectures. The ATS may refuse to publish, despite acceptance for publication by an editor, if the information in the manuscript has been disseminated prematurely in the media.