Version of Record and BIOLIFE Corrections Policy
In an effort to better serve our researchers, librarians, and others in the academic community, BIOLIFE believes clarity in the publishing record is a critical component of information distribution. Recognizing a published article as a finalized “Version of Record” establishes the expectation that it can be relied upon as accurate, complete, and citable. BIOLIFE defines this Version of Record as the article paginated in a volume and issue.
Corrections prior to the Version of Record
Because articles can be read and cited as soon as they are published (including AOP publications), any changes thereafter could potentially impact those who read and cited the earlier version. BIOLIFE provides authors with an opportunity to review article proofs prior to publication or AOP with the express goal of ensuring accuracy of the content. Publishing an erratum or corrigendum increases the likelihood readers will find out about the change and also explains the specifics of the change. When an article is published AOP but not yet published in an issue, limited corrections may be made at the discretion of the journal and BIOLIFE.
Version of Record
When an article is published in an issue, it is considered the Version of Record. BIOLIFE is committed to preserving the integrity and transparency of the Version of Record. If a significant error is discovered, BIOLIFE may publish an erratum or corrigendum notice to alert all readers.
Breaches of best practices
BIOLIFE takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism and other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. In the rare cases where a breach of publication ethics or copyright infringement are discovered, BIOLIFE reserves the right to take appropriate action to correct the academic record, including but not limited to publishing an erratum or corrigendum; publishing an expression of concern linked to the article; retracting the article and publishing an accompanying retraction notice; or removing an article for legal reasons and replacing the removed article with a notice.