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Correction and retraction policy

 

Speculum recognizes its obligation to correct errors in work that it has published and to consider readers’ criticisms of that work. Such responsibility falls into two categories: corrections and editorial responses.

Corrections: Errors of this type will be corrected online as soon as possible, in coordination with the publisher, and will be printed in an erratum sheet that will appear in the next issue and be included in the digital version of the article. The corrected article will include a footnote stating the date of correction and the volume and issue in which the erratum will appear. In a situation where the corrections are significant in scope or quantity, they would not be corrected online but the digital version would include a footnote signaling the publication of the erratum.

Erratum or Publisher Correction: Correction of a significant error made by the journal that affects the scholarly record, the scientific integrity of the article, or the reputation of the authors or the journal.

Corrigendum or Author Correction: Correction of a significant error made by the author that affects the scholarly record, the scientific integrity of the article, or the reputation of the authors or the journal.

Editorial Responses: Responses of this type will be peer reviewed and, where possible, sent to the referees who reviewed the original submission; to the extent possible, all parties will remain anonymous. Responses are subject to oversight by the editors of the journal and will be published after full consultation with all interested parties.

Editorial Expression of Concern: Notifies of an addition of information to an article, for example in response to a reader’s request for clarification or correction of a significant omission. Such addenda are published when the editors decide they are crucial to the reader’s understanding of a significant part of the published contribution.

Retraction: Notifies the readership of unsound results or misconduct, following an investigation of the issue by the editor and publisher. The original article will remain available but will be marked as retracted through a published note from the editor.

Article Removal: In rare instances, Speculum may be obliged to remove an article as a consequence of legal action. Such removal will be marked on the issue table of contents and a notice indicating removal will replace the article contents.

For further information on professional standards in publishing, see the website of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): http://publicationethics.org/
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