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On errors found after submission or publication in a book, paper, thesis, or other document, and erratum (written notice of errors and corrections) for them.

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I found a mistake in a published paper but my advisor is the correspondent Author and refuses to send a corrigendum. What should I do? [duplicate]

Recently I found a mistake in a paper that a put so much effort on. My life has been extremely stressful since I found that. It is not a mistake that invalidate the whole paper, Just one little ...
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Is it possible to face future problems performing calculations based on possibly wrong data from the paper of other authors?

I published a paper and measured the environmental impact of some chemicals based on parameters published elsewhere by other authors. They are reputed and reliable but I suspect of some ...
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Should I send a corrigendum to my paper because values in the supporting material are wrong by an amount that doesn't impact the conclusion?

I recently got a paper published and reported a result in the body of the text that is right. However, this value is based on values in the supplementary material that are extremely close to the right ...
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I found a mistake in my manuscript that is already under review - what to do?

Recently our group has submitted a manuscript with me as the leading author. The manuscript is about computation and modeling, which involves lots of data analysis. Right now the manuscript is under ...
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Mistake in published paper by others. Clarification needed [duplicate]

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 ...
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What's the best way to offer/publish a corrigendum as an independent party?

Context: I do volunteer work doing data entry for an online database of organisms name (not Wikispecies, though I have edited there too). When entering data from published catalogue catalogues, it is ...
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I obtained the code for a published article from its author and found major mistakes in it. What should I do?

I contacted an author to obtain his data and code for a published paper because I could not figure out how he was obtaining some results, given that I was using the same dataset. Once I obtained the ...
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Small unintentional plagiarism issues found after years of my Phd thesis. What can I do?

I finished my PhD in early 2018. I immediately sumbitted an hard copy at the dept. library and a pdf copy on the online database (open-access), a few weeks later as per Univeristy rules. at the time ...
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acceptance of precision in research papers [closed]

I am implementing a few numerical examples in MATLAB, and I am getting some solutions in which instead of getting exact value 0, I am getting a very small number, such as $10^{-6}$. This seems to be a ...
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What happens if a mathematician publishes an incorrect proof of a theorem or conjecture?

I understand that normally the proof is peer reviewed by others before submitting for publication, but what happens if it turns out there was some problem in the proof invalidating it? Is their career ...
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I noticed my thesis model is valid only for a specific case, and I've already submitted my thesis, what should I do? [closed]

I accidentally used settings that are not so common (for example, putting a real model of a system in space), and did the whole analysis on that setting. The analysis itself is correct on that model, ...
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What should I do if I find a mistake after I submitted the camera-ready paper?

I recently got one paper accepted. Then I added one paragraph given the reviewers' comments and run more experiments for this section. The problem is that I don't have much time to run the experiments ...
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On the threshold for an erratum

I've just learned that about five years ago, I made a false claim in the midst of a longer discussion of an example. I didn't include my putative proof of this claim because I was under pressure from ...
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Do missed patterns warrant correction to a published paper?

hoping some scientist academics out there can provide insight into a question I've been ruminating on for a while. I spent multiple years working on a large computational data set, and it was ...
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What to do if I have found a major issue with my model before a conference presentation?

I submitted an abstract to a major conference in my field. I am presenting tomorrow at the virtual conference and the video is already uploaded, no conference proceedings were submitted. However, ...
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How to publish a corrected proof for a claimed mathematical result?

I work in the field of theoretical computer science, and I have published a paper with several results. A few years later, a reader reported to us an error in the paper. The paper claims a theorem X, ...
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Is it common for a published paper to have some small mistakes? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper for publication several days ago. This was a resubmission after I had responded to the critique from the reviewers for my first draft. However, while I was looking at my data again,...
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Errata on ArXiv [duplicate]

Just a quick question. Is it appropriate to post updates on published papers on ArXiv? I am mostly thinking to use ArXiv as a place where to post papers including corrections (mostly technical typos). ...
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Fixing insignificant errors of an article after publication, only in the preprint version

Consider that a paper is published in a journal. It contains some insignificant errors which are not worth asking for an erratum. I was wondering in such a case would it be acceptable to fix those ...
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When should private tutors communicate with course professors?

Students often seek help from a variety of sources, including private tutors, who can be found either locally or remotely on websites such as Wyzant, Chegg, Tutor.com, Varsity Tutors, etc. As a ...
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Submitted humanities PhD applications (US) but concerned with potentially wrong documents submitted

I recently applied to a few PhD programs in the US. Perhaps because of my drowsiness due to working late, I wasn't paying full attention when I was checking my documents (statements of purpose, ...
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Journal paper published without correction of errors [closed]

I notified a journal prior to publication that there were errors in a paper. This was submitted around 3 weeks ago, the review process was quick. On Thursday I was given 24 hours to make a list of ...
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Should I send an addendum/erratum due to single error in sign?

I was reading my own paper published in 2018 and I noticed that in one of the sections I wrote "<" instead ">" to indicate greater than or greater value, although the ...
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Why isn't it common for papers in pure and applied math (and other related fields) to be modified/corrected after it has been published?

As research grows even more intricate in fields such as pure and applied math (and other technical areas), very few reviewers now have a complete picture of any single field. Thus it should be common ...
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Getting a second opinion

(I'm a math PhD student) I'm writing a paper and part of my work relies on an old result of my advisor. Recently, I started to become concerned that the old result does not have a proof (only a sketch)...
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Should I do a correction / corrigendum? [duplicate]

I published a paper two years ago, and recently I realized two sub-figures (Fig.3c and Fig.3d) in my publication are wrong. When drawing those two figures, I forgot to put one parameter in the ...
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Reporting error in publication after copyright transfer

Last year my paper got accepted in a Mathematics journal. This year the online first version of the article came out. I put the online version on research gate and a lot of people read the article. ...
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Is it possible to publish an erratum in another journal?

If an author published a paper that contains errors and decides to publish an erratum, but the journal where the article was published is inactive (but its website still exists). Could the author ...
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Grammatical mistakes and minor typos made during grant application

I have recently applied for a grant. The specific application consisted of a 3 page-pdf document and an online application form. The 3 page pdf document is solid (at least from my point of view), and ...
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Should I report two minor mistakes found in an academic paper to the journal editor or authors of the paper?

I found some minor mistakes in a paper published in a top journal. The mistakes do not affect the results of the paper but may confuse some readers as I was confused at first. I think it is better and ...
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Writing a short paper pointing to a mistake in a 2012 journal paper that got significant citations, while discussion with the author not successful

I've very convinced that an author made a serious error in the main theorem in one of her 2012 papers in Statistics and Computing, which is a reputed journal in machine learning. I contacted the ...
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About writing to editor of a journal to identify serious mistake in a published article

I am reading a paper published in a SCI-core journal. After a very careful and tedious evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that the authors have made serious mistakes. Should I write to the ...
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How do I handle a mistake in a mathematical proof that does not invalidate the main conclusion of our paper?

I recently found a mistake in a mathematical proof of a result I published in 2016. In a nutshell, a subtle error led me to claim that two conditions were equivalent. Unfortunately one of the two ...
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Found a figure duplication problem in an already published paper

I published a peer-reviewed article several years ago. Recently when I look back on my paper, I suddenly realized there had a figure duplication problem in one of the main figures (That main figure ...
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Erroneous paper published and reviewed on MathSciNet

An article claiming to solve a great long-standing mathematical open problem was published in a conference proceedings, and was refereed on MathSciNet positively, i.e. the reviewer makes an impression ...
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Will an error in one of my publication affect the outcome of my PhD defense?

I'm a PhD student in physics in a European country. I'm about to have my PhD defence in about 6 weeks. I have 3 published papers and one manuscript ready for submission. My thesis is also finished (...
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Is it considered rude to point out typos, by sending an email to the reviewer, in a MathSciNet review?

Is it considered rude to point out typos, by sending an email to the reviewer, in a MathSciNet review? Will they be able to correct the typo, easily, with out involving MathSciNet technical team?
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Are arXiv papers more read than the journal versions? [closed]

I have a conference paper which is published at IEEE with some errors unfortunately. But I have submitted a version on ArXiv without the errors. As a researcher, I honestly prefer reading versions on ...
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Found an error in the title of published article (A phrase has been repeated twice)

I have found an error in the title of my recently published article. A phrase has been repeated twice in the title. Considering that journal not accepted any changes what should I do about it?
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PhD manuscript with grammatical errors and informal phrases

I have made a very good contribution in my PhD and just graduated two years ago from a top university with honors. Today, I revised my PhD manuscript and surprisingly found several grammatical errors,...
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Withdrawing paper from a conference after presentation due to error

Please refer to the following link for details. I am planning to send an e-mail to the conference chairs regarding my withdrawal. I wanted to seek help from the experts in the community for drafting ...
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Extent of "unscientific" or wrong papers in research mathematics [closed]

Kevin Buzzard's slides (PDF version) at a recent conference have really unsettled me. In it, he mentions several examples in what one would imagine as very rigorous areas (e.g., algebraic geometry) ...
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Found a severe error in a conference paper after presentation but before the proceedings

I am a final year undergraduate student and had worked on a very fundamental project(there is no available literature on this field presently) during my sophomore year. The results obtained were quite ...
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Disagreement with supervisor regarding sending an erratum

I have a paper that is accepted and published in a journal. After it was accepted I realized that some of the errors were calculated in a wrong manner and hence they appeared around 1.5 times smaller ...
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Paper unknowingly describing technical bias as if it was a biological phenomenon of interest

Let’s take a very hypothetical situation. Suppose that a scientific journal (let’s use Scientific Reports for the sake of the example) recently published a paper that seems to be completely off track. ...
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A high quality contribution but an annoying error is present in my published article

I have recently published a journal article in the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IEEE TGRS). I can confirm that my contribution in the journal article is really of high quality ...
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Case-specific appropriateness of an erratum/corrigendum? [closed]

Myself and my PhD supervisors recently published an article (climate science). One of the panels within a multi-panel Figure is a time-series with both a left-hand and right-hand y-axes. The axis ...
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On writing critical review: is there any threat?

During my research on a specific topic, I found two interesting papers by same authors. So, I decided to implement their proposed idea but it was not possible. At first, I thought that I was wrong but ...
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Correct typo error in the article title that published Early Access of the journal

I have a accepted article that published under early Access. Today, I have got the proofs from the journal to approve some changes. I have found a typo error in the title "Commutation" instead of "...
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Should I bring up minor writing errors that I noticed after submitting revised version?

I have received a decision letter on my paper from editor "I am prepared to accept this manuscript for publication provided that the authors perform some editing to improve the grammar throughout the ...
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