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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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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Consequences of a paper with major errors, but unrelated to your field/dissertation

Background Info: So, to make a long story short, I'm worried about paying for mistakes I made when I was a younger, unprofessional, ignoramus. I'm an engineering PhD student at a U.S. University. ...
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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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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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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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What should you consider before upload a revision to your arXiv paper when you spot an error?

I am in process of uploading a paper for arXiv. I have looked over the paper for several weeks now and it seems that there are no major issues, however, the paper is 24 pages long so I have accepted ...
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If I notice an error in a figure after manuscript submission, could I be accused of falsification of data during review stage?

I have submitted a paper to a reputed journal (computer science; computer vision to be specific). While i was keenly waiting for the reviews, they were getting delayed. So I began working on an ...
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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 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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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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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 can I fix previous name misspelling in publications and how should I avoid them in future?

I worked in a research laboratory last summer and some of my work was used in a paper that was published this year at a conference. This is my first paper and I am listed as a co-author, however, my ...
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How do I phrase (in my thesis) that results in an important study are wrong?

The title probably comes off wrong, I tried to keep it short. I do not necessarily want to make an absolute statement like "that is wrong". But I do need to address the problems I am facing with a ...
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A senior colleague that belittles my contributions, expertise and won't acknowledge a published error that I identified

I am a PhD student and the most junior person on our small team (me, a lab manager, a statistical analyst, a wet-bench scientist, a senior statistician, and our PI). The statistical analyst has been ...
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Paper submitted with repeated sentences in the introduction

I have submitted a research paper to a peer-reviewed journal two months ago. It is my first submission. I have noticed two unfortunate elements in my introduction: I wrote the same sentence twice in ...
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Is it approriate to point out errors in the literature review in a thesis?

In a couple of either books or articles that I have read as part of my research there have been some minor errors (when taken in context of the whole work) when they relate to the area I am ...
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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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What to do if a paper by respected authors has obvious problems, and I have told them so already?

I have recently found a paper of a very respected research group in my field. In this paper, they have some theoretical calculations, and they are obviously completely wrong. Not in the sense that the ...
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Paper with a spelling mistake in author affiliation in publication

I published a paper late 2016. Recently I noticed that the published manuscript has a typo error in one of the authors affiliation. But it got indexed correctly on all databases under that author. ...
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Miswritten reference in (in press) paper

A paper A has been published recently with a big publisher. The article is available as early access, but it is still in press, i.e. not yet assigned to a volume. In that paper, our paper B was cited, ...
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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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How to fix a mistake in an accepted paper?

I submitted a joint paper and it is accepted by a journal after two minor revisions. In the last revision, there is a misunderstanding between my coauthor and me, so the last revisions still ...
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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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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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Found an error in a paper I presented at a student engineering conference. Should/can I talk about it in my MS applications?

Some background information: Found an error in a paper that I already presented at a student engineering conference; what should I do now? I am inclined to talk about the paper because I was awarded ...
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Identifying a published error

Hypothetical: I found an error which fundamentally kills a published paper and re-opens a number of problems the paper claimed to solve. Not only is there an error, but the results are actually wrong....
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Former PhD supervisor faked results and submitted a corrigendum two years after publication

During my PhD studies, I published a journal article (one of total four) in a prestigious journal of my field. I gave my codes to my PhD supervisor, but he messed up things in the lab and lost it (I ...
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Corrigendum submitted by my PhD supervisor 1.5 years after I left?

During my PhD studies, I published a journal article (1 of total 4) in a prestigious journal of my field. My PhD advisor wants to commercialize my PhD work and wanted me to help him without willing to ...
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Found a mistake in my paper after submitting the final version. What should I do?

Recently my paper got accepted in a journal. After that we submitted the final version with all corrections. Now I found an error in the way I calculated some type of numerical error. I don’t think ...
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Recommendation letter has slightly wrong info – should I mention it in my cover letter?

When I asked for the letter, last semester’s grades hadn’t been fully uploaded to the system so among the things my professor wrote, they said I was a top-5% student. This week, grades were updated ...
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Correct typo in paper title?

One of my published papers has a typo in the title. I have found errors of various kinds in my other papers (who hasn't) and never cared to make corrections, but I often refer people to this ...
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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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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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Whether to seek correction after my paper is published when the order of my first, middle, and last names is incorrect?

My article has just been published in a reputable journal. I discovered that my name is in Last, Middle, First order e.g Bagud, F.M instead of Bagud, M.F which doesn't go with APA style. Do I need to ...
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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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How shall I report an error in a given paper?

I am currently at my last MSc year in Chemical and Process Engineering (Italy), and our last course on Industrial Chemistry has a mandatory pre-exam exercise which reads: Find an existing, ...
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Can a committee reject thesis after approving it

Is it possible that thesis committee first signs off on a thesis and later discovers some weakness (not plagiarism or academic dishonesty, but weak sections or incomplete tables) and rejects it. I am ...
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Publisher didn't make change to paper and now the paper still has the error

I recently published a paper with IEEE. During the publishing stage, I had to provide them the figures named [MyName]FigureX_a, [MyName]FigureX_b etc... By accident, I got two figures wrong and they ...
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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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Is it possible to change email on published paper?

My paper was published two weeks ago. I have just noticed that I have provided the wrong email. Is it possible to change the email after the paper was published?
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Discovering mistakes in thesis after submission and printing [duplicate]

So here is my issue - I submitted my thesis 2 years ago and it was accepted and i was granted the M.S. degree (I am in the US, BTW). Now, when I opened it to read some portions, I found some missing ...
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Erratum, Rejoinder etc. in Article names: What are the differences?

I am a little bit confused with the following terms and do not know how they differ: Erratum/Corrigendum Rejoinder Commentary In which cases is/should an article be named one or the other? What ...
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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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What is the difference between falsifying data and just being wrong?

I had to take a standard ethics seminar at my research lab (everyone in my lab must take the seminar). As one would expect, I learned that the charges associated with falsifying data are serious. ...
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Author removal from a published paper [duplicate]

I have been one of the co-authors of a published paper 8 years ago. In those years I was an undergrad student. So, I had no significant scientific contribution to this paper. I have just finished my ...
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Should I follow-up with the editor about formatting issues on a published article?

I just received an email from the editor of a monograph series letting me know the issue where my article is included is now live. I went through normal things recently to get it published, like a ...
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Found two errors in submitted manuscript

I very recently submitted a manuscript to a journal and found that I had mislabeled y axis on three panels of a many panel figure (put relative activity (%), instead of fold change in phosphorylation)....
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Mistakes post publication

I just discovered some mistake after the online publication? There are two mistakes- instead of figure S4A (supplementary figure), it says Figure S3A at two places. It's very embarrassing, should I ...
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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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Fixed an error in my published paper, and cite the paper in my not-yet-defended thesis. What should I do?

I found an error in two figures of my published paper. They are part of the main results of my PhD dissertation. I am in the writing step of my PhD dissertation, and I put the new version of those ...