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I have an article that just went up in early view. Due to the author submission guidelines, I did not to create an introduction header for my introduction.

The typesetter was responsible for creating the introduction heading. When they sent me the proof for correction, I did not notice that "Introduction" was misspelled as "Introdcution." Now the article is up for early view and I noticed the error.

I have sent the journal typesetter an email about it. Is there anything else I can or should do?

Considering it is still up in early view, it is not fully published (since it hasn't been included into an issue). Would still reach the level of a corrigendum?


I heard back from Wiley. They are going to send me a proof to revise and fix the problem. It will not be an erratum, because it hasn't been included in an issue yet.

The new early access version will note that the manuscript was revised though.

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    This is not significant enough to be a corrigendum. Not even if, ironically, the subject of the paper is spelling. – GEdgar Sep 15 '17 at 18:31
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    What I've seen done many times is: The journal posts an erratum, indicating the misspelling, and proceeds to update the original pdf (and it is the updated version that appears in print, if there is a print version of the journal). I believe several journals have standard procedures for this (it is made clear the mistake was on their end). Some journals keep the publishing record intact by indicating that there was an early version of the pdf. Others sadly don't, which makes things confusing as there is an erratum (in print) but the actual paper does not have the problem the erratum discusses. – Andrés E. Caicedo Sep 15 '17 at 19:49
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    @AndrésE.Caicedo Thanks! The journal in question is part of Wiley if that helps. I did a Google Scholar search for "introdcution" "Wiley Online Library" I found at least one Wiley case where the typo was corrected (albeit in another journal). They apparently don't give any change history, so the error is only visible through Google's metadata (onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jsfa.8114/full) – MolecularAnthropologist Sep 15 '17 at 20:33
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It's not clear if it will be a "corrigendum" or "erratum"; that's up to the editorial practices of the journal.

However, the problem is that you didn't correct it at the proof stage, so it's not clear what will happen. (If you had caught it, and it had not been corrected, it would have been corrected by the journal on their own initiative. This happened to me once with the title of one of my articles.)

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  • Considering that I emailed them already and it just went up today, is there any chance they would just fix it without an erratum or corrigendum? They are going to have to modify the page and pdf down the line when they put it into an issue. – MolecularAnthropologist Sep 15 '17 at 18:36
  • @leftisthominid they do not have to do anything. They can decide it is a simple typo/misspelling and just leave it at that. – StrongBad Sep 15 '17 at 19:13
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    I would say the problem is that the typesetter/copy editor is incompetent. This is especially egregious since he/she has a copy that can easily be automatically spell-checked. Note that the copy (pdf) sent to the author cannot so easily be automatically spell-checked -- and why should the author be expected to perform that task when given material produced by a professional copy editor? This is a great example of the publisher "subtracting value". – David Ketcheson Sep 19 '17 at 4:53

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