My PI was guest-editing a (weak) special issue for a respectable Wiley journal. He asked me if I had "cool cover images" relevant to the subject matter. Indeed I did; I had had acquired them on my own initiative on another professor's microscope at my previous university. I provided my PI with a few options and he picked one.
The special issue was published a few months later, with a strange caption saying that the cover image was “captured” by my PI at their current university. I had done several journal covers before, and they were never attributed to a single person. I felt cheated out of my work a bit but I couldn’t bring it up because I didn’t want to get fired while while working abroad.
Six months later, when my work contract was up, I contacted Wiley and said that that cover image was captured by me at my previous university. A regular Wiley editor contacted me back and said they regretted the mistake but to correct it they would have to “issue a correction”. I asked them, in a professional way, to correct this.
Then I got an email in a displeased tone from my PI acting annoyed that I did not contact him first. After all the image was captured in his laboratory. I said, no, it was captured with another professor’s equipment and labspace. (The other professor and my PI are friends; so no issue here.) Now, my PI is annoyed that I brought this up with the editor and, instead of apologizing, simply claimed that a regular Wiley editor wrote the caption herself without his review or approval.
To finish up this story, the Wiley editor and PI begrudgingly added a correction to the image attribution, but did not correct the original text or remove the mis-attribution. They left the original text up next to the cover image and the only way to see the correction is to click an additional link.
Is this normal for a Wiley journal to mis-attribute data in a clumsy way, and not even fix the mistake when contacted? Any leverage or avenues to actually get the mistake fixed?