He’d found a correction in Organometallics, an American Chemical Society (ACS) journal, and the ACS wanted $35 to read it:
— See Arr Oh (@SeeArrOh) January 31, 2014
After tweeting about the charge, he wrote a blog post about it, titled “Why Aren’t All Correction Articles Free?”
The ACS later responded:
@SeeArrOh Corrections are considered additional materials, but we appreciate your feedback and will take it on board.
— ACS Publications (@ACSPublications) January 31, 2014
The Committee on Publication Ethics recommends that all retraction notices be open access, but doesn’t have a stance on whether corrections should be, as far as we know. And to be fair, some corrections — the ones often referred to as errata — are quite minor. Should misspelled names and that sort of thing be subject to the same rules as retractions?
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