Post-publication changes


Corrections policy


Post-publication changes to articles can only be made where the errors affect discoverability, indexing and the scientific record, or are a requirement of funding. Examples of this include changes to author names or IDs, affiliations or funding acknowledgments. Please note that it is not possible to make changes to any print versions of the article.

Errors that affect the data, results or interpretation of a paper, including errors in figures and tables, require the publication of an erratum. This will be linked to the original article.

Please contact the journal for guidance if you suspect that your article requires post-publication amendment.


Author name change policy


Authors who have changed their name for any reason may ask to have their name changed retrospectively on any article published by Bioscientifica.

We will:

  • Respect the author’s privacy throughout this process – all interactions will be handled sensitively and kept confidential.
  • Not ask for or a reason for the change of name or require documentation demonstrating a legal change of name.
  • Update the author’s name, pronouns and any other relevant biographic information, on both the PDF and HTML versions of the article(s).
  • Send updated metadata for the article(s) to abstracting and indexing services.
  • Make all changes without applying a public notice to the article(s).

To request a name change, please contact

Please note, we will need to verify that the name change request comes from the author whose name is to be changed. Submitting a name change request for an individual without their consent is considered ethical misconduct.


Retractions policy


The main purpose of retraction is to correct the literature and ensure its integrity rather than to punish the authors of an article. It should be noted that not all retractions are as a result of misconduct.

Bioscientifica follows the Retractions Guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

A retraction notice will be published on the journal website and will link to the article. The retraction notice will state the reasons and basis for the retraction to enable readers to understand why the article is unreliable. The notice will also specify who is retracting the article and possibly how the matter came to the journal’s attention.

Where possible, the journal and the authors will agree on a form of wording that is clear and informative to readers and acceptable to all parties. However, Bioscientifica reserves the right to retract an article without the agreement of the authors if this cannot be obtained in a timely manner.