- I found an error which fundamentally kills a published paper and re-opens a number of problems the paper claimed to solve.
- Not only is there an error, but the results are actually wrong. Part of another publication (by a different author) proves this. Yes, I am 100% sure. Other experts have confirmed this in private communications with me.
- I have nothing new to add, other than I can show the second paper proves the first paper is wrong.
- I get no response from the first author when I let them know about the error.
What is my next step?
(A) contact editors of the journals with the incorrect results? and then what happens?
(B) post a paper to ARXIV?
(C) submit a paper to a journal?
(D) wait, do more research, and try to craft something more "substantial" for (B) or (C)
(E) do some or all of the above simultaneously? (please specify which ones)
I am not sure if my contribution thus far warrants (B) or (C), but I would like to receive some acknowledgement in print.
Something must be done because this error if unacknowledged will have a negative effect on future research.