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Updated, built-in multimedia permission scheme protects all involved

Whenever EurekAlert! polls its journalist-members, the feedback has been unanimous: the presence of multimedia is extremely important in their decision-making process to cover a news release. While most PIO-members submit original images to accompany their news releases, incomplete or inaccurate licenses and credits and web-sourced images can wreak havoc for EurekAlert! staff and busy journalists alike, resulting in posting delays and can be damaging to the organization’s media relations reputation.

Image Licenses Explained: Considerations for Submitting Multimedia to EurekAlert!


Jan. 20, 2022 Update: We’ve updated the guidelines described in this post to reflect changes to the multimedia submission process on the re-imagined EurekAlert! platform, launched in July 2021. Click here to get the most up-to-date information on this topic.


In science communication, as in other forms of communicating, images often help tell a story in ways that text alone cannot.…

Embargoes on EurekAlert!

If you’re a press officer promoting science at your organization, you’ve almost certainly worked with the embargo system. Agreement of an embargo among journal publishers, press offices, and news outlets offers extra time for reporters to research and prepare news stories and encourage fair and equal access to scientific research among journalists around the world. But miscommunication and differing understanding of what an embargo entails can lead to confusion.…

“The 90-Day Rule”: Considerations behind EurekAlert!’s Timeliness Guideline

As a nonprofit science news service and consortium of research institutions, EurekAlert! has always striven to facilitate dissemination of the latest scientific breakthroughs to reporters and the public. Since our launch in 1996, scientific publishing and science communication have adapted to the introduction of open access, advanced or early online publication, and other practices where papers become available online before print.…