Corrections to published articles

Generally, the published journal article is considered the final version of the Engineering of Biomaterials paper. However, sometimes it might be necessary to make changes to its content. This will be done only after careful consideration by the Editor-in-Chief and in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

Engineering of Biomaterials journal and its Publisher promise to guard the integrity of the scholarly record and take steps that ensure transparency and high ethical standards. Post-publication notice will be issued to clearly inform the readers about any necessary changes to the previously published journal article and will be permanently linked to the original paper. The Editorial Office may issue a Correction notice, a Retraction, or a Removal.

If the authors find any errors in the already published journal article, they should notify the editorial team via the corresponding author as soon as possible. It is strongly advised that all the co-authors will be informed about such an action prior to any requests for corrections or retractions. Then, the authors, represented by the corresponding author, and the Editors will discuss the necessity and the type of corrections needed.

Correction notice – issued in case of the necessity to correct an error that can alter the interpretation of the research data presented or the article in general but does not impact the scholarly integrity of the article, e.g. major errors in figure/table captions or labelling, missing important information on funding or conflict of interest of the authors. The publication of a Correction notice will be clearly marked on the published journal article website, at the front page of the electronic version of the article, and permanently linked to the article.

Retraction notice – issued when a major error undermines the discussion or the conclusion in the article, or when there is an evidence of research or publication misconduct. The editorial team headed by the Editor-in-Chief will make a thorough investigation of the issue and follow the COPE guidelines in the process. Retraction may be requested by the authors or institutions, provided the retractions criteria are met. Those include but are not limited to the cases where there is a clear evidence of:
• plagiarism
• inaccurate research results and findings resulting from misconduct (plagiarism, data fabrication, image manipulation) or honest error (miscalculation or experimental error)
• plagiarism
• counterfeit authorship
• compromised peer-review
• unethical research
Retracted paper will be clearly marked on the website and by adding large ‘retracted’ watermark to its PDF-version. Separate Retraction notice will be issued and permanently linked to the online version of the published journal article.

Removal notice
– together with article removal will be issued only in very rare cases where the concerns are especially serious in nature and cannot be addressed by a Correction or Retraction notice. The article may only be considered for removal if:
• its content could pose a serious risk if followed or adhered to
• its content infringes the rights to privacy of a study participant
• it is insulting or violates legal rights
A Removal notice will replace the published journal article.
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