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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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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Is it necessary to send a corrigendum? Does it make my paper look ugly?

I have a paper which is accepted without any minor or major revisions in a good journal (lucky me). It is fully published. Since I had no chance to revise it, many small mistakes slipped into the ...
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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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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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What should I do if I realize there is a minor error in a paper I submitted?

I have submitted a research article and later realized that it has a slight error. The paper is now under review. I have proposed a few theorems; one theorem contains a slight error that can easily ...
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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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I discovered a mistake in my own published workshop paper, how do I handle errata?

I am PhD student and the main author of a research-in-progress report in computer science. The paper is already published at a workshop (in the proceedings, this is not a journal paper) and was ...
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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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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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Someone cited my paper in an irrelevant manner

I checking my google scholar page, when I noticed that one of my papers, of which I am a co-author, had been cited by an unknown academic. I read the article, which was on gene regulatory networks, ...
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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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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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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 should I do if a paper makes false claims about my work?

I recently found a paper published in the proceedings of a very important AI conference that makes a false claim about my work, i.e., claim that is false from the technical point of view. I already ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I deal with a significant flaw I found in my previous supervisor’s paper?

Suppose that I found a technical flaw in one of the papers coauthored by my previous advisor. This mistake will substantially change their major result, but their contribution will be still worthwhile ...
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How common is it that publishers withdraw a paper due to incorrect conclusions?

Today there has been significant news coverage (at least in the UK) that the BMJ are withdrawing statements from two papers on the possible harmful side effects of statins. Here are the Guardian and ...
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Could it be a problem years later if I forgot to include some things in my thesis?

I graduated 3 years ago with a MS degree and a thesis. I recently discovered that I forgot to include some data - tables and list of datasets. All my final analysis has been included. Can there be ...
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They shared the code, but then, I found key errors in their work. How do I criticize this in my research paper?

Associate Prof. X is committed to reproducible research and makes his code available. He authors a paper with Dr. Y and others. Dr. Y is the first author of the paper and the code is shared on Ass. ...
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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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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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What is the correct procedure to report typos or errors in journal articles?

I have found an error in a journal article which I believe to be a typo. It is minor but it does affect the technical aspects of the paper so it should ideally be corrected. What is the correct ...
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What to do with gaps in mathematical papers?

Assume the following is given in a published paper: There is an important result. The important result might contain a gap, as possibly some people agree. The authors never respond to questions on ...
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Corrigendum to correct formatting/aesthetic errors previously brought up during proofing process

After a lengthy review process, I finally published my first paper. Unfortunately, upon seeing it in print, I was immediately dismayed. During the proofing process, formatting errors appeared on the ...
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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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Should/Can I retract a paper that has fatal math error after this paper has been accepted, presented, and released in the proceeding?

This paper has been accepted, presented in the top conference of computer science, and released in the proceeding since last month. However, recently, other readers find a fatal and ridiculous error ...
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Found an error in my thesis

I've found a error in my thesis recently, after its submission. I made a mistake that wrongly accepted the hypothesis which should be rejected. What should I do??
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When should the erratum for a paper be cited?

I am curious as to whether there are any accepted standard rules on when to cite, or not to cite, an erratum along with a paper. In my field (physics), I often see an erratum get between zero and a ...
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How are these kinds of published errors managed?

Context: Say author A writes: "the authors B in Ref [30] found two consequences of the standing posture i.e sitting in the workplace on the health of industrial workers". Actually, it should be "the ...
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Erratum or corrigendum on arXiv too? Should the authors lists match?

We have a mistake in a published paper and we will send a Corrigendum to the journal. Concerning arXiv we have two options: Replace v1 by v2, where v2 has no longer the mistake, and state what we did ...
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What to do about an important typo mistake in my submitted conference paper?

I just noticed there is an important typo mistake in my recently submitted conference paper. Actually it is like inserting a "-" where it shouldn't be and of course the whole algorithm might not ...
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How can I overcome feelings of unworthiness after finding mistakes in my research?

I'm currently a PhD student suffering from extreme anxiety after finding some mistakes in my scientific paper 7 months back. I've talked to my supervisor about it and he said that those were simple ...
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Could publishing a book on a subject prior to a PhD reflect negatively on me later if it has errors?

I noticed that some scholars in my field are best known for their earliest writing, even if their ideas were later found incorrect. I am writing a book in my area of interest and hope to publish ...
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How do I modify the title of a paper I submitted to ArXiv?

I submitted a paper to the ArXiv, but after it has already been announced, I realized that there is a typo in the title (nothing catastrophic, but still..) Do you have any idea how to slightly modify ...
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Corresponding author published article without sending final proof to all authors, corrigendum

My professor was the corresponding author of an article written by me as first author and one second co-author. Having the correspondence with the editor, the professor didn't give much information ...
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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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Article published in a conference has several technical flaws in it. What should be done?

This conference is organized on every 3 years. It is highly influential in the field of study. Screening and review committee are usually reputable that includes a strong set of researchers and ...
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Minor editorial error during minor revision. Should I notify the editor or just correct it?

I recently submitted a manuscript to a prestigious journal in my field. The manuscript is now under "minor revision" status and the reviewer only asked me to provide percentages in one of the table. ...
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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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Is a corrigendum required for this error?

Our manuscript, for which I am the first co-author, got accepted in a journal. However, upon careful review of our manuscript, I noticed that there are errors in one table. The percentages were ...
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I found a huge error in my master's thesis which I defended a year ago

I defended my Master's thesis last year and continued on to pursue PhD in the same university under a different adviser. My Master's thesis adviser and I were getting ready to present a paper ...
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How to refer to a source with “minor” typos in the title?

This questions supplements the existing: how to refer to a source with typos in the title, where OP spotted grammar mistakes in the title of papers mentioned in the reference list and wondered whether ...
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Uploading a revised version of published journal article on arXiv

I uploaded a pre-print of an article on arXiv 1 year ago. The article was accepted in SCI journal and currently available online. However, I found a typo mistake in one equation and want to add more ...
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Found an error in a paper that I already presented at a student engineering conference; what should I do now?

I completed my undergraduate (in engineering) earlier this year and I am working in a company now. My senior design project involved me developing a different and cost-effective method for something. ...
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What should I do if I have just observed minor mathematical typos in my accepted paper?

My paper was accepted at a good conference after 3 reviewers cleared it. After proof reading for the publishing, I sent it to the editor with approval. However, now I have realised that there are 2 ...
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Correcting a mistake in my journal article after it's been published

My research is in humanities and social sciences and my article was published in a journal in Dec 2016. When the online issue came out, I immediately realised that a mistaken was made, where quotation ...
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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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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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How can I change a typo in the author affiliation after publication?

I am really needing help. There is a typo on my University Name, however the paper is already published. Is there any way to still change it? The paper has been published on ACM Platform. I am very ...