Correction and Retraction Policy

Correction and Retraction Policy

After the publication of a paper, normally, no change is allowed. However, in exceptional cases, the editorial board may decide to correct, retract or remove a paper.  This decision is made when there is clear evidence of fraudulent data, plagiarism, unethical research or duplicate publication.  Sometimes, correction may be allowed when serious errors are detected due to miscalculation, experimental numerical or such other human or system-generated errors. 

 The decision of correction or retraction depends on the level of the allegation and may be decided on a case to case basis. The journal follows the guidelines derived from COPE Retraction Guidelines.

  • If errors are introduced during the production process, an erratum may be published in both on-line and next available issue of the printed version of the journal.
  • If some serious errors are made by the author which were not corrected or detected at proof reading stage, a corrigendum may be published in place of erratum on the request of the authors.
  • If plagiarism, fraud or unethical research is evident, then the original paper may be retained and a retraction note may be added to the paper indicating the date of retraction and a brief explanation. The same note may also be published in the print version of the next issue.
  • In case of duplicate publication following actions may be taken:
    1. If the article does not violate the copyright of another publisher, the original paper is retained and the retraction note is attached to it explaining the reasons. The same is published in the next available print issue.
    2. If the article violates the copyright of another publisher, the editorial board may decide to remove the article from the on-line archive to avoid any legal consequences or court order etc. In such a case, the bibliographic information will be retained with a note explaining the reason of the removal of the paper. The same removal note shall also be published in the next available print issue of the journal.

The editorial board is authorized to make any other appropriate decision not listed above, if necessary.

Removal of Published Content

In exceptional circumstances, publisher reserves the right to remove an article, chapter, book or other content from publisher’s online platforms. Such action may be taken when (i) The publisher has been advised that content is defamatory, infringes a third party’s intellectual property right, right to privacy, or other legal right, or is otherwise unlawful; (ii) a court or government order has been issued, or is likely to be issued, requiring removal of such content; (iii) content, if acted upon, would pose an immediate and serious risk to health. Removal may be temporary or permanent. A record will be retained, and will be accompanied by a statement explaining why the content has been removed.