Correcting the Medical Literature

Corrections are important to the integrity of the medical literature and clinical decision making. Those who use the content as a source for replication of findings or as the basis of new research rely on accurate data, which requires corrections of errors in published articles. These errors may range from relatively minor, inconsequential errors to major errors that invalidate the results and the underlying science (Table). Corrections of errors in published articles protect the reputation of authors, journals, and others involved in biomedical publication by demonstrating their willingness to publicly amend content in the best interests of science.