After submitting back an online proof reading corrections of an accepted paper, I found a very trivial mistake; just making space between two words. The words take vague meaning if left not spaced. Is that possible to make one more proof read to correct this typo error?

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    Just write an email to the production office. A lacking space seems to be just a typo, there should be absolutely no problems to correct it given the paper has not yet reached a point in which it is impossible to make corrections.
    – user68958
    Dec 12 '18 at 8:15
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    Does "an online proof reading corrections of an accepted paper" mean "camera-ready version"? If so, then you need to act immediately, since the publisher may be near ready to release on an online version, and I wouldn't expect the publisher to permit changes at this stage. (Camera-ready is final.)
    – user2768
    Dec 12 '18 at 8:32
  • Thanks all. But I noticed the error after the article was released online (published).
    – Le Kulu
    Dec 12 '18 at 8:46
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    You can try to correct it by contacting the journal. they are the only ones who can decide if they want to change it. On the other hand: nobody cares about the extra space (like it or not). We are interested in the science.
    – Louic
    Dec 12 '18 at 9:05
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    The journals I'm familiar with reserve errata for significant errors, which this is not. They may say "oh well, this is how it is now", or make a slight adjustment given how recently it was published.
    – Anyon
    Dec 12 '18 at 13:34

Email the production editor as soon as possible that you've found this extra correction. If it's still not inconvenient for them, they'll probably fix it. However, because it's such a minor error, you should be ready for them to say "it's too late" as well. This probably won't lead to an errata or corrigendum - it's just too minor.

If your previous reading had contained lots and lots of corrections, it's possible they're already planning to send you a set of second proofs.

  • Thank you all for the explanations and important ideas. Unfortunately the paper was published online two days ago, and I identified this very minor error after one day of the publication. This "lageaged" consistently occurred in many places that increased my worry. After looking at most of your suggestions, I emailed the production team to ask about this and now waiting for their response.
    – Le Kulu
    Dec 12 '18 at 23:02
  • If it's already been published online, chances are it's too late.
    – Allure
    Dec 12 '18 at 23:07

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