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Retraction and Correction Policies
Correction policy in an article
In journal publication, the articles are peer reviewed before publication, Corrections are published to alert readers to errors in the article that became apparent following the publication of the final article.
By contrast, articles in Online Science Publishing undergo peer review post publication and publication is not ’final’ as new versions can be added at any stage. Possible mistakes that come to light during the peer review process may be highlighted in the published refereed reports, which are part of the article. Authors can publish revised versions, and any errors that become deceptive during peer review or later can be corrected through the publication of new versions. Corrections and changes relative to the previous version are always summarized in the ’Modifications? section at the start of a new version.
This action is reserved for articles that are seriously inconsistent and so the findings or conclusions cannot be relied upon. Articles may be retracted for several reasons, including:
- Honest errors reported by the authors (for example, errors due to the mixing up of samples or use of a scientific tool or equipment that is found subsequently to be faulty)
- Research misconduct (data fabrication)
- Duplicate or overlapping publication
- Fraudulent use of data
- Unethical research
For any retracted article, the reason for retraction and who is instigating the retraction will be clearly stated in the Retraction notice. The retraction notice will be linked to the retracted article (which usually remains on the site) and the article will be clearly marked as retracted (including the PDF).