Since I rebelled against the Ingelfinger rule many years ago when Dr. I. was still alive and editing the NEJM, and since I successfully proposed a more sensible embargo policy to his successors (which I then debated with Larry Altman of the NYT who HATES embargoes too)I still believe they can be helpful, particularly for us poor provincial reporters who don't get to attend all kinds of meetings where beans are spilled privately to favored journalists. (Forgive my long sentence ad nauseam.)\n Anyway I find obeying pub. date embargoes set by Science, Nature, Lancet, NEJM, and other journals perfectly appropriate. As to arbitrary ones set by university PR people and others in the flackery business, I do object to them and have told them why I'm not going to obey them when I think they're unjustified.