Q. Can authors/editors update a clinical trial manuscript after it has been "epublished ahead of print" and before it is finally published in print?

I had requested this article last October and had received it. I still have the copy saved. However, last October, this article was "ahead of print" and it was "epublished". Right now it seems as though the article has finally been published. Would any of the information change? Will the authors have added additional graphs representing the data (I understand that the data from the clinical trial cannot change)? If the answer to both of those questions is no, then I do not need the article again. However, if the authors are able to edit the article/update some of the graphs/add any more graphs to the article, then I would like to request this article once again through Illiad.

Answer

The online article is almost always the same as the one that is eventually published on paper ('in print')--the only difference should be the way the article is published.  I would not expect there to be any added data or tables in the paper version, unless something was accidentally left out and they found the problem in time to change it.  To check for corrections, find the article (or its abstract) at the journal website.  If there have been any corrections, the journal should post a note giving information about the correction.   

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  • Last Updated Dec 11, 2018
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  • Answered By Leslie Ann Bowman

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