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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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Should I use an author's code made available on request to help retract their highly cited paper?

I am working on an ML-based problem for my undergrad thesis, based on an experimental dataset and prediction results published in a paper two years ago by an associate prof. in a very high ranking ...
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Found significant flaw in my arXiv version paper: what should I do?

I found a significant flaw in my arXiv paper which quite impacts a major part of the conclusion, the paper has not been published anywhere but it has received citations to the arXiv version. Here are ...
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Found an error in data after conference paper submission deadline [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a top conference in my field. I found an error in my data several hours before the deadline. I tried to resubmit. However, the submission website required checking my paper ...
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Addressing Errors in Master's Thesis Results and Potential Impact on Degree

I recently completed a Master's course in the UK, during which I submitted a dissertation in June 2023 on machine learning. Unfortunately, I was dealing with some personal issues at the time, which ...
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When is an Erratum needed?

A typo, a spelling error etc., in a published paper is definitely not enough for issuing an erratum. If a mistake destroys a main result, then an erratum is definitely necessary. What about cases in ...
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Found critical errors in my master‘s thesis after officially submitting

I submitted my master‘s thesis a few days ago. The official deadline is next Friday. Today I spotted some serious issues in my thesis. In particular, in my main theorem and the main proposition that ...
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Using a published paper which has some errors

I have prepared a paper in which I am going to use a set of calculations ( 3 calculations) in my previously published work. In my previously published work I found that one of my calculations was ...
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Is peer-reviewing lighter in ACM-SIAM proceedings?

I am having problems understanding some inequalities proved in a paper from the 2019 Proceedings of SODA (annual symposium organized by ACM and SIAM). These proceedings are very helpful and I do not ...
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What should I do after I found a coding mistake in my masters thesis? [duplicate]

I graduated 3 years ago and defendeded my master's thesis without any problem. Since recently, I am planning to go back to academia, so my former advisor and I are working together to publish my ...
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How do I go about correcting numbers in my accepted conference paper?

I have submitted a working paper to a conference. The working paper was accepted and I was asked to submit the final version. During further data analysis I noticed a small error in my code (...
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How are the effects of published errors accounted for?

Imagine a researcher publishing a paper that contains a key error in some fact or figure. This error slips through review and ends up being cited in future papers. Later, the original researcher ...
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What can/should I do when finding several flaws in a published paper that I have not authored?

I recently read a paper that was full of small errors that should have been pointed out during peer review but very obviously hadn't. Issues like the following insufficient information in the methods ...
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Made a huge mistake in my bachelor's thesis

I recently submitted my thesis and also defended it successfully. But then I found mistakes in the statistical analyses of my research. When I was doing my bachelor's there was no biostatistics in my ...
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Missed a citation which has a solution to the problem that I worked on

About 4 years ago, before I started my PhD, I published a paper which used a method to improve an existing result. There were 2 papers on the existing result and method which I used for my work and ...
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What should I do after finding out my published results were not substantial?

I am currently working (not in academia) after having graduated from college recently. I hope to apply to PhD programs at the end of the year. I worked with a professor on a paper about a year ago and ...
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An error in my graduate school application that the application system allowed me to retroactively correct after submission

I applied to several master's programs in the same school system two days ago. While everything else on my application was correct, I only noticed an error in the number of credit hours I had entered ...
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Typo in birthdate in PhD application

How serious of a mistake is a typo in the birthdate of a candidate filling a PhD application in mathematics? For example, if the correct date is 08/10/2000 and the submitted one is exactly one day off,...
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What about I published a mislabelled figure in a paper?

Recently I discovered that an axis of one the figures from a paper that I published was mislabelled. Unfortunately, the figure also is the graphical abstract. However, the information in the text (...
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Letter of recommendation contains wrong name of journal, how will this hurt my application?

I’m really freaked out. My professors and manager have submitted my LOR’s to colleges. When I asked one of my professors to send me the letter she wrote for me, I noticed that she mentioned the paper ...
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Incomplete manuscript with an error published by mistake

I had an accepted paper at a production stage, when I became aware of a technical error, which I was able to fix (in case it matters: the field is mathematics, and even though the claims I made in my ...
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Example of widely accepted and later refuted proof [closed]

I'm looking for an example of the following situation: Proof of some statement that was widely accepted for a noticeable amount of time (say, at least 10 years). The proof was later refuted (i.e. the ...
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Are there small citation mistakes in published papers and how serious are they? How often are they spotted?

I have read that even in published papers there are citation mistakes such as putting an incorrect word in cited text, missing a word, etc. I have even noticed these mistakes myself in some papers. ...
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Found a mistake in a published paper at IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

I discussed with my supervisors and all of them agreed that there is undoubtedly a mistake in part of the measurements of a recently published paper. The idea and the novelty of this paper is correct. ...
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Several mistakes in published work: Advice

I am a beginning scholar. I recently published my first article in my field in a very good journal. The peer review went incredibly smoothly with basically no need for revisions (one reviewer gave a ...
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How/where to cite corrigendum publication on CV?

Citations for my publications on my CV are listed in reverse chronological order, and I am wondering how/where to list the citation for a corrigendum. Should I list the corrigendum and original ...
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Maintaining a list of minor errata / corrections / comments

I am wondering what options there are for maintaining a list of errata / minor misprints / clarifications to published research papers. Here, I mean errors/misprints that are not sufficiently serious ...
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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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