Criticism of Preprint Embargo

Peter Suber at Open Access News links to a blog post at Discover magazine regarding the preprint embargo on submissions to Nature magazine. The frustration stems from entries at arXiv which state “Submitted to Nature. Under press embargo.” From the Suber’s post:

If a publisher won’t consider a paper which has already been published or publicized (that is, if it follows the Ingelfinger Rule), will this hand-waving satisfy it? Either way, why should authors indulge publishers who adopt the rule?

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