Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 231–240 | Cite as

The effectiveness of the erratum in avoiding error propagation in physics

  • Marshall Thomsen
  • D. Resnik
Article

Abstract

The propagation of errors in physics research is studied, with particular attention being paid to the effectiveness of the erratum in avoiding error propagation. We study the citation history of 17 physics papers which have significant errata associated with them. It would appear that the existence of an erratum does not significantly decrease the frequency with which a paper is cited and in most cases the erratum isnot cited along with the original paper. The authors comment on implications for the responsibilities of authors.

Keywords

citation erratum errors ethics publications 

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© Opragen Publications 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marshall Thomsen
    • 1
  • D. Resnik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WyomingUSA

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