Content Eligibility Guidelines
EurekAlert! is a science news-release distribution platform, operated by the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as a resource for journalists, public information officers (PIOs) and the public to communicate and engage with scientific research. All news releases, multimedia releases, and media advisories submitted to EurekAlert! must describe information first made public within 90 days of content submission.
Content may be submitted with a news embargo only if the embargo is set by the journal publisher or the organizer of a scientific meeting and/or press event where the information will first be publicly released. Content may not carry an embargo if the information is publicly available at the time of submission or is not related to a publication, meeting, or press event.
EurekAlert! reserves the right to reject, re-categorize, or request additional clarifications on content submissions, including embargo times and publication dates, based on the following eligibility guidelines. Read what types of news releases are ineligible for submission.
As a news release distribution platform, EurekAlert! and its staff does not produce or alter content submissions (except to meet site-wide formatting guidelines) or perform peer- or scientific review on information contained therein. Contributing organizations are solely responsible for the accuracy of their content submissions. EurekAlert! and AAAS are not responsible for the accuracy of content posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert! website. Content eligibility guidelines may be updated without prior notice. Read the full EurekAlert! Terms & Conditions.
PIO-members with an active content submission subscription may submit eligible news releases, multimedia releases, and media advisories.
News releases are deemed eligible if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
News releases that describe information that has undergone validation by peer review, including:
Reports and Proceedings
News releases that describe information that has been produced by a credible, recognized organization, or through well-recognized scientific processes, but is not intended for peer-reviewed publication, including:
News releases that describe information that is primarily transactional in nature, and/or is not intended for further validation by peer review, including:
News releases that describe timely information about scientific meetings:
Grant and Award Announcements
News releases that describe information about grant funding and awards, including:
News releases that describe the information about books and other publications:
Formerly called Stand-alone Multimedia submissions, a multimedia release consists primarily of one or a collection of up to seven images, videos, and/or audio clips accompanied by an introduction and captions. Multimedia releases may be submitted without a conventional news release narrative but must offer enough information for EurekAlert! staff to judge whether they meet the eligibility criteria described above.
Media advisories are made available only to journalist-members logged in to the EurekAlert! platform and must contain information that meets at least one of the following criteria:
Organizations with a dedicated Press Package or News Portal on EurekAlert! may also submit press summaries.
Press Summaries are brief synopses of peer-reviewed research studies that have been — or will be — published in a scholarly journal. Press Summaries are only available to journalist-members while accessing the respective journal Press Package or News Portal website on EurekAlert!. For more information about hosting a journal Press Package or News Portal on EurekAlert!, please contact us.
Organizations with a dedicated News Portal and a Premium Content Package on EurekAlert! may also submit Feature Stories and Article Highlights.
Feature Stories may describe both time-sensitive and "evergreen" science-related content. Feature Stories are publicly accessible only through the respective organization's dedicated News Portal on EurekAlert! and are not displayed through other news release feeds. For more information about hosting an organization News Portal on EurekAlert!, please contact us.
Examples of an eligible Feature Story include:
Article Highlights describe peer-reviewed research studies published in a scholarly journal at any time. Article Highlights are publicly accessible only through the respective organization's dedicated News Portal on EurekAlert! and are not displayed through other news release feeds. For more information about contracting an organization News Portal on EurekAlert!, please contact us.
Last updated June 14, 2021