I have submitted a paper to a conference with a scientific error in it.

Essentially I have a concept and I have claimed it works in two conditions. Actually it only works in one of them. Technically, my experimental results are correct, but its only a small test and when extrapolated to full scale the error can be found and also actually predicted theoretically. The overall concept is still correct however for the other condition and I am still working on it in future research.

Should I ask for the paper to be changed? The conference isn't until 25th August but the submission deadline has passed.

I don't want a public document where people will repeat my experiments and find that some of what I have claimed is incorrect.



Better to get it corrected than to be questioned/rejected later.

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In my opinion you have enough days, to change your paper.

But, before contacting read about the policy the conference have on erratum. If not, available, you should just write directly ask the organizing committee about it.

International conferences are very respected (and mostly filled with critics), this kind of error can hamper your credibility in future endeavors. It's better left unsaid.

Best of Luck.

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    It's better left unsaid. — I draw the exact opposite conclusion. – Mad Jack Jul 11 '14 at 20:30
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    @MadJack: I wasn't sure, but I read "better left unsaid" as "Better not to say the thing which is wrong" -- in other words, yes, fix the mistake. – Pete L. Clark Jul 11 '14 at 22:54
  • @PeteL.Clark Ah, interesting take! – Mad Jack Jul 12 '14 at 1:38

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