Corrections and retractions
The editors of the journal Health Promotion & Physical Activity react to reports of authors, reviewers and readers regarding published articles, post corrections and enable authors to submit explanations and statements in the journal’s forum; if gross irregularities are detected, they retract the article from the journal’s website and indexing databases, publish a statement about the reason for such action and inform the author.
Corrections and annotations
- Author’s corrections — the author’s notification may concern an important factual error noticed after publication, which affects the scientific integrity, the reputation of the authors or the journal. The editors prepare a new, corrected version of the article which replaces the old one, and provide information about the change along with the date and number of the version.
- Editorial corrections — may be published to correct a major error made by the journal’s editors, affecting the scientific integrity, reputation of the authors or the journal. The editors prepare a new, corrected version of the article which replaces the old one, and provide information about the change along with the date and number of the version.
- Editors’ annotations — if objections have been raised with regard to a published article (in particular regarding the reliability of research data) and an explanatory procedure is pending, the editors inform the readers by posting an appropriate annotation on the article on the website. The content of the article is available to readers on the current terms.
After the end of the explanatory procedure, depending on the outcome, the annotation is deleted, replaced with a correction or a statement explaining the reason for retracting the article.
Retraction of a published article
The editors reserve the right to retract an article from the website in the situation when an explanatory procedure proves a gross violation of the principles of ethics in science (data fabrication or forgery, conducting research involving humans or using animals without proper consent, violation of intellectual property, undisclosed conflict of interest affecting the objectivity and reliability of the author), the article contains defamatory content, violates personal data or the rights of third parties, or a court order is issued to retract the article.
If an article is retracted from publication, the metadata of the article (including the names of the authors, affiliations, publication title) are retained, while the content (in HTML and PDF versions) is removed from the journal’s website, repository and indexing databases, and in its place the editors publish a statement about the reason for the retraction. At the request of the author(s), the editors also allow the author(s) to publish their explanatory statement on the journal’s website.