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Research Ethics/Scientific Article Retraction

Self-Correcting/Reporting

Clichès aside, honesty really is the best policy if you discover an error in your own published work.  It can be in your own best interest to self-report inadvertent errors to your publisher.  Some errors can be handled with corrections rather than retractions.  In the event that a work needs a complete retraction, self-reporting helps to indicate that an error was innocent, rather than a deliberate attempt at deception.

Remember, failing to correct a known error can negatively impact all the other researchers who follow you, those that reference your research in their own work.