Correcting the Published Literature
Disciplinary knowledge is disseminated through a published body of research. Most often, that research has been peer-reviewed prior to publication by expert peers and prepared for dissemination by professional editorial staff and publishers. It is assumed by readers that the information in a scholarly article is accurate and has been vetted by other researchers in the discipline. When errors, either intentional or unintentional, occur, the work must be corrected to maintain credibility. The primary mechanism for correcting published scientific work is a published statement in the journal, permanently linked to the erroneous article, that sets the record straight.
What Are the Issues?
Scientific inquiry is based on the idea that new discoveries resulting from ethical, robust research will update past findings, thus self-correcting what is known in each discipline. There are myriad examples of the...
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