Consortium Publisher understands the value of the
scholarly published articles. Therefore, we follow the guidelines of the researchers
and librarians to maintaining a trusted electronic archive. Generally, the
editors of journals are independently responsible for the decision of which
articles should be accepted for publication. To rationalize the decisions, the
editor are supported by policies of the editorial board and regulated by standard
requirements. An outcome of this procedure is important to assure quality archive.
Though, some time unavoidable special situation may arise where an article is
published that must later be retracted, corrected, replaced or even removed. Such
cases are handled seriously and undertaken critically. These cases only occur
under special and exceptional circumstances. In all cases, our archives will
retain all article versions, including retracted or otherwise removed articles.
Consortium Publisher has designed this policy to
address the concerns and implement the best practice in the scholarly communities. We believe these current problems demand the international
quality standards. Thus, we recommend the National Library of Medicine's policy
on retractions and the recommendations of the International Committee of
Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to resolve the concerns regarding the correction/
retraction/ replacement of the articles.
Article withdrawal is only used for “Articles in
Press”. These manuscripts represent early versions of articles and sometimes
contain errors, or may have been submitted multiple times accidentally. But the
articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes (i.e. plagiarism,
bogus claims of authorship, multiple submission, fraudulent use of data etc). The
manuscripts which are not yet been published but in-process to be uploaded into
the journal’s website that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental
duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our
journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors. Such articles may
be “Withdrawn”. The article content (HTML and PDF) is removed and replaced with
a HTML page and PDF simply stating that the article has been withdrawn
according to the Consortium Policy on Article in Press Withdrawal with a link
to the current policy document.
A retraction shall be issued when there is clear
and conclusive evidence of,
recycling in a purportedly original research article
act potentially harmful to the scientific community
Thus, the infringement
of professional ethical codes (i.e. plagiarism, bogus claims of authorship, multiple
submission, fraudulent use of data etc) a retraction will be used to correct the
errors in submission or publication. The retraction of an article by its
authors or the editor under the advice of members of the scholarly community
has long been an occasional feature of the learned world. We use the standards for
dealing with retractions, which have been developed by a number of library and
scholarly bodies. A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed
by the authors and/or the editor may be published in the electronic version; a
link is made to the original article. The original article is retained
unchanged indicating on each page that it is “retracted.” The HTML version of
the document is removed if needed.
removal: legal limitations
This is an extremely limited number of cases. But it
may be necessary to remove an article from the online database to address the
problem appropriately. This serious action is only taken when the article is
clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is,
or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or
where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these
circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the
text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed because
of certain legal, ethical and/ or scientific reasons.
Some time the article may pose a serious health hazard
and potential risk for patients. The authors of the original article may wish
to retract the flawed original and replace it with a corrected version. In such
situation the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference
that the database retraction notice may publish a link to the corrected
re-published article along with history of the article.
An Erratum may be issued by an editor when it is
determined that a mistake in a chapter originates from the production process
handled by the publisher. A published Erratum will adhere to the retraction
notice publishing guidelines.
A Corrigendum may also be issued by an editor when
it is determined that a mistake in a chapter is a result of an author’s
miscalculation or oversight. A published Corrigendum will adhere to the
retraction notice publishing guidelines.