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Society News Media Guide


SVP Annual Meeting information

The SVP Annual Meeting is a venue for delegates to come together and share ideas with each other in a relaxed setting. While we wish to accommodate members of the press, we are committed to preserving this valued opportunity, which our attendees report is the source of invaluable collaborations. We ask all members of the press to respect our mission, the meeting attendees’ time, and the freedom we allow our delegates to discuss their work in a protected and informal environment.

Journalists attending the SVP Annual Meeting for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted complimentary press credentials. All press registrations are subject to review.

Social Media Guide

Please read the society's guide to use of social media during annual meetings.

Annual Meeting Embargo Policy

Press and photographers (this term includes all electronic recording technicians) are required to abide by the embargo policies governing the SVP Annual Meeting. Unless specified otherwise, coverage of abstracts presented orally at the Annual Meeting is strictly prohibited until the start time of the presentation; coverage of poster presentations is prohibited until the relevant poster session opens for viewing. As defined here, “coverage” includes all types of electronic and print media; this includes blogging, tweeting, advanced online publication and other intent to communicate or disseminate results or discussion presented at the SVP Annual Meeting.

Journalists should explicitly ask the lead or presenting author whether any other journals (e.g. Science, Nature, etc.) or entities (e.g. universities, etc.) have embargoes on the research in question that might impact press coverage. Merely abiding by the SVP’s embargo policy does not necessarily mean one is in compliance with the policies of these other entities.


Onsite Guidelines

All press representatives (including photographers) are required to wear an SVP press badge at all times while on site at the SVP Annual Meeting. Press badges are given only after acceptable press credentials have been presented and registration has been processed. SVP reserves the right to refuse press registration to an applicant for any reason. Press representatives may attend all scientific and educational sessions of the Annual Meeting.

The technical content of SVP scientific sessions is not to be reported in any medium without the prior permission of the lead or presenting author. Still photography, video and/or audio taping, and other digital recording of scientific talks and other formal presentations is strictly prohibited unless specific permission is granted by the SVP. Poster presentations may only be recorded if permission is granted by the lead or presenting author. Interviews and other contact between members of the press and members of the SVP should be held outside of oral scientific sessions and similar venues, so as not to disturb the proceedings. Annual meeting attendees can only be recorded with their permission. Members of the media should provide the SVP with links to all stories, videos, and other media that are published about the annual meeting.

SVP Press Releases

Search the SVP & Paleo News area for society press releases. The easy-to-navigate section also links you to the latest SVP and vertebrate paleontology news, events and attractions. 

For questions regarding an SVP press release, see the Contacts section of that specific release or contact SVP.

SVP Policy Statements

Learn about the society's position on key issues including, but are not limited to, protection of fossils on public lands, the role of vertebrate paleontology and evolution in education, ethics, joint agreements with other professional societies or governmental agencies, and other significant issues.


Vertebrate Paleontology Resources

  • FossilFAQs — get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about paleontologists and fossils.
  • PaleoProfiles — learn more about life as a paleontologist from SVP members from around the world.
  • Links

Contact Information

Members of the media are encouraged to contact one of the chairs of the SVP Communications Committee with requests or questions.

Communications Committee Chairs:

Akiko Shinya
Communications Committee Co-Chair
The Field Museum, Chicago
Dana Ehret
Communcations Committee Co-Chair
New Jersey Sate Museum