There is no work that is free of error and people make mistakes :) But that is not what I am after, I am seeing advise on how to go about asking for clarification.
Recently a paper was published in the field of civil engineering in a reputable journal. In that paper, there is a mistake/discrepancy between the written material and the equation stated. Basically, the text stipulates 1=True and 0=False; however, if you use the equation and plug the numbers, 1=False and 0=True.
To get more clarification on this, I emailed the corresponding author about 1month ago and still have not received a reply. I was thus wondering and seeking a advice on the following:
- When/How often should I email/followup with the corresponding author for further clarification?
- Should I Email the journal editor, and if so after how long?
In my true belief, this is just a simple mixup and a reply should be quick to generate. However, it is just dragging.
Edit: It was pointed that this maybe similar to What should you do if you spotted a non-trivial error in a highly cited paper? . In my opinion, the error is so trivial and doesn't require a paper to be written to correct. The point is I want to know what the authors' meant. Is it 1=True OR 0=True and want to know the most effective way to reach out to them to obtain that clarification. Basically, I dont want to overshadow the previous person’s work or contradict what they originally wanted to portray in their work.