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Re: When can an article be "withdrawn"?

When we wrote the article on 'Definition of Publication' (see
http://www.alpsp.org/htp_epubs.htm) we decided that an article could not
properly be withdrawn (i.e. deleted from the record), once electronically
published, unless this was imposed by legal requirements.  To do so would
result in users following links to an item that was no longer there.  I
imagine that the author - or journal - might, on the other hand, wish to
publish a retraction giving reasons, and link this to the originally
published article in the same way as a corrigendum.

Sally Morris, Secretary-General
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
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----- Original Message -----
From: "T. Scott Plutchak" <TSCOTT@LISTER2.LHL.UAB.EDU>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 4:54 AM
Subject: When can an article be "withdrawn"?

> Apologies for cross-posting:
> Readers of this list may be interested in an editorial from the latest
> issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, which discusses
> the case last fall in which an article published in Human Immunology
> (journal of the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics)
> was removed from Science Direct after publication, at the request of the
> society.  The article is available from PubMed Central in either PDF
> ype=pdf
> or HTML
> http://www.pubmedcentral.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=100760
> (Plutchak TS.  Sands Shifting Beneath Our Feet.  J Med Libr Assoc. April
> 2002;90(2):161-3.)
> T. Scott Plutchak
> Editor, Journal of the Medical Library Association
> Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
> University of Alabama at Birmingham
> tscott@uab.edu