Questions tagged [errors-erratum]

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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Professor dismissed error I found in her work. I need more feedback, but the field is small

Background / My problem: I believe to have found a substantial error in my professor's original research. After getting answers to my previous question, I emailed her about it, but she was ...
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Found mistake in my professors book: Tell her or publish? If so, how?

I just came across quite a big problem for an interpretation my professor puts forward in her recently published book (a book containing original research in the humanities, not a textbook). I am not ...
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I regret publishing a sloppy conference paper

I have published two conference papers at one conference in physics with two other authors and I am the first author in both articles. And I am currently in the second year of my PhD Thesis and these ...
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Mentioning other people's error in talk

I am a PhD student of physical chemistry, and my work involves developing packages for numerical simulation. Recently I tried to reproduce some work done with a rather well known package made by a (...
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Should I make a fuss about small typos I found in a reference book?

I'm currently taking up a bachelor's degree in history at a distance-learning college. Since history is not a popular degree in that school, they don't revise their history books/ modules regularly. ...
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Why are there many typos and errors in publications? [closed]

As a PhD student major in statistics, this question actually has bothered me for a long time. I am always not quite sure if it is appropriate to discuss this somewhat sensitive topic publicly. Finally ...
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Altering a thesis after acceptance? [closed]

I am told that any changes in content beyond correction of small mistakes, like obvious wrong use of a term or typographics is not allowed. This makes sense to me. Is this a common opinion or are ...
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What to do about accidental, easily corrected errors in a conference paper you already submitted?

I am an engineering MS student (maybe going for PhD). I submitted a conference paper on some research I was working on last week. Before I submitted a conference paper, I regenerated all the plots (...
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Someone referenced my work in a journal paper using my first name only, do I contact them or the journal it was published in?

Someone referenced my work in a journal paper but they did not cite it the right way. They only included my first name, my supervisor's first name, the name of the paper and the date. They did not ...
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If a reference/book authored by your professor contains typos, how should you react?

My professor gave me a module on history that contains several spelling and grammatical errors. Should I tell him about this or just ignore these mistakes?
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Discovering an error after publishing?

My paper was published 6 months ago. A few days ago, while reading it I discovered that one of the equations had the wrong power: instead of x it should have x². After checking my old notes it turns ...
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What to do when you find out your research result is wrong because it's based on wrong methods/results, after years of works?

This is not my current situation. However I've heard similar stories from different people (along with my own past experience) a few times. Therefore I want to ask a general question(the title). For ...
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Corrigendum for wrong reporting of results

My paper got published in a good journal but later I noticed that in the final results table I have mistakenly written the parameters used in the previous literatures and not what I have calculated ...
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Is it a good practice to point out errors (politely) in a previously published paper in a review response

Is it a good practice to point out errors (politely) in a previously published paper (from which I have borrowed idea) if the reviewers explicitly asks to do so in a review response. I mean the ...
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Citation error in conference abstract

I recently submitted my first ever conference abstract, and then discovered after submission deadline that in one of my citations I forgot to add "et al." even though the cited paper has multiple ...
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Is it OK to change mistakes/typos when you are in the minor revision stage of publication?

What I mean is to change mistakes/typos other than the proposed changes your reviewers pointed out to you. As this article is based on a previous thesis (which had a very similar focus, only it was ...
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If I reworked an idea published by a paper which has a fatal error, could I publish a paper on my work?

While doing my M.Sc research in Engineering, I encountered a nice idea published by almost an unknown journal. However, while studying that paper I found a fatal assumption which is made at the ...
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Is it bad to publish a scientific paper with wrong results?

I was working during the last year on developing an approach that determines human age class (young or old), but after I got exciting results I've discovered that I made a mistake when implementing ...
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Regarding changes in the accepted manuscript [closed]

My paper got accepted before 13 days back in AEU journal. But I want to make several changes (only word change) to the accepted manuscript. How do I request the editor to send my corrected manuscript. ...
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Should I correct a course assignment that I already presented? I'm not sure whether the professor will notice the error

In a subject of my master we did a team work (analyse a piece of data). All the teams deliver the slides for the presentation the same day even if we presented it in different days. This work is 40% ...
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Google Scholar citation missing because of name mismatch?

I am a PhD student and have only a few publications under my belt. I just noticed a Nature paper cited my Master's thesis but it cited my first name as my last and my last first. I am a tad worried ...
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How to deal with a coauthor who introduces errors

This situation has arisen a couple of times for me and I don't know how to deal with it: I'm writing a paper that contains formal mathematical statements and proofs. I am very careful about ensuring ...
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Should I correct a single trivial typo in a submitted manuscript after they rejected the first submission for having too many typos?

I sent a paper to a journal and they replied that there were many typos that needed to be corrected. I tried my best to fix these errors, and, after reading the paper numerous times, I resubmitted the ...
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Tactful way to discuss an error in a published paper

I am currently working on my masters thesis in mathematical biology. The work I am doing extends previous work by introducing new biological findings that are relatively recent. Initially the plan ...
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Check whether an article has any correction or been retracted

Is there any website where I could enter the reference of an article, and see whether any correction or retraction has been made on the article? I know some publishers indicate it on their website, ...
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How to refer to a source with typos in the title?

How to cite a paper with a typographical error in the title. In the reference list, should I correct it (and make it hard to find) or let it as is (and make an impression I was sloppy)?
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How to overcome discouragement on finding major error in work just before paper submission?

Recently, we were working on a new idea in physics and engineering. At the end (after writing almost 6 drafts and even ready to submit draft) only I realized that I had made a stupid error in ...
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Some typos in my formulas in my thesis [duplicate]

I found some typos (or errors) in my thesis, one formula, the label of one figure, and one citation. My thesis is done. What should I do? I know some students faked data and their degree were revoked. ...
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How to cite a paper with erratum?

I want to cite a paper [A], which has been corrected by an erratum [B] in the same journal. I have not found a rule how to cite this case. Is it proper to cite [A,B], or just [A] or just [B]. I am ...
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How to deal with my own sloppy research published when I was an undergrad?

I am a grad student in computer science. Having read many research papers and having worked with an adviser has made me much more aware about best practices concerning presentation and reporting of ...
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A professor has offered to send me a hard copy of his new book. Would it be rude to ask for a PDF file instead?

While working my way through one textbook, I spotted several errors, TeXed them up and emailed to the author of the textbook. He thanked me and asked for my physical address so he could send me a copy ...
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How to deal with errors in well established papers

I am currently supervising a Bachelors student for his thesis. I gave him a well-established paper to read of which I only knew the results but never checked the calculations in it. It was first ...
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How common is it for a paper to be wrong?

I am a student in computer science and I recently started working on my M.Sc. thesis. Now I am reading a 2011 paper with about 170 citations that was published in a well-known conference. In part of ...
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Proof error found in accepted conference paper - what to do?

I am a 3rd-year computer science PhD student and I have recently written and submitted a paper to a theoretical conference. It has been accepted; but the reviews were not very in-depth. Usually they ...
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My paper was accepted, but I found an error affecting all of the figures. What will happen next?

I submitted a paper to a journal, and the decision was "accept with minor revisions." As I was addressing the reviewer questions to submit a final copy, I realized that I may have misrepresented the ...
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Erratum on my bachelor Thesis

I have written a thesis for my bachelor degree and next week I have to defend it. The problem is that I found some small mistakes (not spelling mistakes, but small mistakes in equations, a wrong ...
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Found errors in paper: What happens now?

As second-year bachelor students, we “validated” a scientific paper from our university. We took the raw data, evaluated it independently of the original paper, and then compared it back to see if ...
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What should I do if I discover a typo in the title of my MS thesis after submission

After I submitted my thesis recently, I discovered that I made a very silly mistake in typing the title of my thesis; I missed one letter. Instead of implementation I typed "implemenation". The thesis ...
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What to do on finding a major flaw in a conference paper?

Most new findings in Computer Science are now published in conferences. While journals have some policy on reporting of errors in the papers that they have published, I have not seen any conferences ...
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Found an error in my published conference paper

I submitted a paper to a conference, and got it accepted. While I was preparing for the camera-ready version of it, I made a mistake and an error slipped in. After the firm deadline, I asked if a ...
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What should I do If I find out that there is a typo (repeated many times) in a recently published paper of mine at Elsevier?

I've recently published a paper. It's available online, but not published on hard copies yet. What should I do If I find out that there is a typo (repeated many times) in a recently published paper of ...
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How to submit errata when a coauthor disagrees

Some years ago, I was the primary author on a paper in which some of the work was performed by a grad student. At the time I did not notice an error in his work, and so the derivation provided in the ...
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Should you correct grammar mistakes during peer review?

In almost any paper there is an abundance of classical errors, such as omitting the "s" at the end of a third person singular verb. I am growing tired of painstakingly listing the page and line for ...
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If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge?

If I buy a research article, will I get any potential retraction statement or erratum free of charge? Or will I have to spend additional money to obtain access to it? I see that some retraction ...
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Will writing MSC instead of MSc in an application count against me?

I am really stressing out over masters applications and I have realized I have stupidly made a minor error. Instead of writing MSc I wrote MSC and I was not consistent. Would the admissions tutor ...
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Is there (or should there be) a website to record errors in papers

There are several questions on this site about errors in papers and even the errors-erratum tag. I'm specifically thinking of mathematical errors, where there is an unambiguous mistake, like a wrong ...
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As a TA, what should I do about an error in the professor's lecture that I repeated in the lecture notes?

Here is the somewhat awkward situation. I am a TA for a class that I have never taken before. The professor (probably) knows this, but I don't think the students have caught on, since it is a lower-...
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Should I warn my professor about some errors that I've found in his paper?

A professor of mine gave me a paper, because he wanted to show me the kind of work that we might do together in future. It is the advance access version of the paper, but I've found some errors, like ...
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How damaging are writing errors like typos in faculty application documents?

How damaging are writing errors like typos in faculty application documents? Do search committees usually tolerate a couple of small errors in cover letter, sample publications, etc?
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What can I do if I find errors in someone's thesis?

I was browsing someone's thesis from a US university. I found several typos and missing (incomplete) sections. There was no plagiarism and dishonesty though. What would happen if I write to their ...