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Caught Our Notice: Oops — paper included proofreader’s query

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Via Wikimedia

Title: Concise Review: Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Neurodegenerative Diseases

What Caught Our Attention: Everyone makes mistakes — but some are more amusing than others. In one recent correction, the publisher (Wiley) admitted to including a proofreader’s query in the published manuscript. But didn’t say what the query was.

We looked around, and think we found the added notes in the abstract on the PubMed entry (emphasis ours): 

Indeed, various advantageous effects were reported following human MSCs transplantation into rodent models of neurodegenerative diseases, such as neurotrophic factor-mediated protection, enhanced neurogenesis, modulation of inflammation, and abnormal protein aggregate clearance. Per journal style, most nonstandard abbreviations must be used at least two times in the abstract to be retained; NTF was used once and thus has been deleted. Recent studies have also used ex vivo manipulation for enhanced expression of potentially favorable factors, by so exploiting the homing capacity of MSCs for effective expression at the lesion site.

So the proofreaders caught the extra abbreviation but not this extra sentence? Like we said, mistakes happen (researchers also occasionally forget to delete their notes). Publishers aren’t known for admitting mistakes, making this correction notice boldly titled “Publisher’s Apology” refreshing to see.

Journal: Stem Cells

Authors: Rotem Volkman, Daniel Offen

Affiliations: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

The Notice:

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., apologizes for the inclusion of a proofreader’s query in the final published version of the concise review “Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Neurodegenerative Diseases”. The error occurred during the production process and was a result of an oversight during final review of the article. The inaccurate statement appeared in the abstract, which has been corrected in the online version of the article.

Date of Article: June 2017

Times Cited, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: Zero

Date of Notice: September 12, 2017

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Written by Alison Abritis

November 15th, 2017 at 8:00 am

Comments
  • Looking Closer November 15, 2017 at 9:20 am

    According to the late Professor Paolo Bianco MSCs do not exist. He is correct, these cells are preosteoblastic, but not osteoblastic, perivascular cells. Friedensteins work, and others, showed this decades ago.

  • Narad November 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Sheesh, they can’t call them “manuscript editors”?

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