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Recently I have some experiences in mistakes in the others' papers. One instance was that the formula was simply wrong, and another instance was that the method was numerically impossible to implement. Since both works have been officially published, I am wondering how often do this occur in published papers.

Do people really believe that published works are error-free?

  • There are too many distinct questions in this question, most of which are polls (which are not a good fit for this platform). Can you please edit your question to reduce it to a single request for general information? – Wrzlprmft Aug 4 '16 at 13:09
  • There are three separate questions:(1) Do you send emails to the authors to inform them the error? (2) Would this lead to enemies? (3) Do people really believe that published works are error-free? Please reduce them to one. – scaaahu Aug 4 '16 at 13:13
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    "Do people really believe that published works are error-free?" - which people? How do we know what people believe? Are you looking for studies with self-reported belief measurements, or what do you expect to hear as an answer? Neither "yes" nor "no" can be an answer here. – rumtscho Aug 4 '16 at 14:15
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