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AAN Embargo Policies

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s leading association of 34,000 neurologists and neuroscience
professionals, allows credentialed members of the media to receive embargoed content of its medical journal,
Neurology®, as well as scientific abstracts to be presented at its Annual Meeting. The following embargo policies are
strictly enforced by the AAN:

Embargo Policy for Neurology Journal Studies

Articles appearing in the AAN’s medical journal Neurology and all Neurology journal publications are embargoed for release to the public until 4:00 p.m. ET, on the day of online publication.

If there are any questions concerning an embargo date and time, please contact Renée Tessman, Senior Manager, Media and Public Relations, at or (612) 928-6137.

Credentialed representatives of the press may request further information about embargoed Neurology journal articles, including advance copies of articles, and help coordinating interviews with researchers, by contacting Renée Tessman at or (612) 928-6137. Post-embargo press releases are available at

Embargo Policy for 2018 AAN Annual Meeting Abstracts

The embargo for all non-emerging science abstracts, which includes more than 3,000 research presentations at the 2018 AAN Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, is 4:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 1, 2018, which is the date and time all non-emerging science abstracts will be posted online via This embargo date and time applies to all non-emerging science abstracts to be presented at the AAN Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21-27, 2018, unless otherwise noted by the AAN Media and Public Relations Department.

The AAN strictly enforces its embargo policy, which prohibits the distribution or publication of the contents of abstracts ahead of the embargo date and time. Embargoed press releases on newsworthy non-emerging science abstracts will be distributed to credentialed journalists by early March.

The embargo for emerging science abstracts (formerly known as late-breaking scientific abstracts) to be presented at the AAN Annual Meeting, remains in effect until 12:01 a.m. ET, Friday, April 20, 2018, unless otherwise noted by the AAN Media and Public Relations Department.

Emerging science abstracts are not posted online in advance of the AAN Annual Meeting. Emerging science abstracts are accepted from neurologists, neuroscientists, and other researchers whose work is of major scientific importance, warranting expedited presentation and publication. Key aspects of the research must have been conducted after October 23, 2017. For questions regarding AAN Annual Meeting policies, please contact Renée Tessman at or (612) 928-6137.

Sanctions for Embargo Violators

Failure by media organizations to abide by the AAN embargoes will result in suspension of media credentials, which will affect access privileges to embargoed content for the journal Neurology, embargoed media materials, and embargoed abstracts presented at the AAN Annual Meeting.

Press Credentials for Embargoed Material

Journalists must provide the following credentials for review by AAN staff in order to receive embargoed content from the Neurology journal or the AAN Annual Meeting abstract program:

  • Business card clearly showing media affiliation (a print, online, or broadcast news organization) and position (editor, writer, producer, reporter). If a business card is used to register, an additional form of identification may be requested.
  • Letter of assignment on official company letterhead from an editor of a recognized publication or a producer of a broadcast program certifying that you are covering the study or abstract for the respective news organization.
  • At least two published bylined samples of editorial and/or news work in English.
  • Published bylined samples of coverage from previous articles about the Neurology journal or the AAN Annual Meeting (if applicable).