My paper was recently published in PLOS ONE, but I’ve noticed an error. Can it be corrected?
PLOS ONE corrects major errors found in published articles via the addition of a Formal Correction to the paper. Formal Corrections are reserved for errors that significantly affect the understanding or utility of the paper. In addition to being published on the PLOS ONE website, corrections are also indexed in PubMed Central and PubMed.
When a paper has been corrected, a correction notice will appear in a gray box at the top of the article page. A CrossMark logo now appears on every PLOS article page and in the downloadable PDF; clicking the logo on a corrected article’s page will bring up a status box showing that the paper has been corrected.
To see the full correction, click the “View correction” link in the gray box. This will direct you to a page with the full correction details, including any updated figures, tables, or supporting information, along with a PDF version of the correction notice available for download. An example of a correction notice on the original article is shown below.
Example of a Formal Correction notice (click to enlarge)
If you notice an error in your published paper, you should contact our corrections team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the title and DOI of your paper; a description of the problem; and any corrected figures, tables, or supporting information files. PLOS staff will decide whether a Formal Correction is appropriate and will work with you to publish a correction as quickly as possible.
If there is an error in one of your figures, tables, or supporting information files, the corrected items will be included in the Formal Correction. An example of a Formal Correction is shown below.