Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP)

Data Errors – What we correct and how to report errors

PEP-Web reflects the journal’s published content.  However, data errors and omissions can happen in the conversion process.

  1. Editorial Errors
    1. PEP-Web reflects the journals published content.  As a historical archive, we don’t make any editorial changes.
    2. We do not normalize author names in a manner to make them more consistent than they were in the printed publications.
      1. However, we can now assign authors a “standard name” which does not alter the article itself but changes how the names appear in the compiled index, collecting even inconsistently published names into a single name in the index.  However, we need to be notified and given the information necessary to “harmonize” the way the names appear in the index.  See this article.
      2. Since the author index is by name as presented, it’s possible that clicking on a author name where two authors have the same exact name will produce a set representing the union of those articles.
  2. Errors in Conversion for PEP-Web
    1. Individual Typos
      1. We do our best to fix errors reported that occur within “key” parts of the data, like titles and author names, and typos in key conceptual names in papers.   If you see a typo in one of these areas, please report it.
      2. Unfortunately,  for simple typos in the general text, the data entry has a low but known error rate that for economy, we have to accept and cannot afford to fix (minor typos in the text).
    2. Systemic Errors – System Global or Article Global Character Errors
      1. We do our best to quickly fix systemic errors when reported–systemic errors are errors that occur “globally” in a paper, series of papers, or the entire database.  For example, in a series of papers due to typography, an l could be mistaken for an i, and that may result in many words like “seif” instead of “self”.  Please be sure and report any systemic errors
    3. Missing Data
      1. Incomplete articles or pages or other portions of articles that are missing can happen when we have incomplete originals.  Please report these.
    4. Link Errors
    5. Formatting Errors
      1. Note that while we maintain page breaks, formatting is standardized to PEP’s own style sheet, and may not match the journal.  This is not an error and while we will consider these reports and suggestions, they are not likely to be addressed.

  3. Reporting Errors
    1. What to include in a report
      1. The complete URL where you’ve spotted the error
      2. The type of error (systemic, missing data, link error)
      3. The text of the error (so we can search the page for it) or an example of it if it occurs multiple times.
      4. Show the corrected text, or describe the correction if it’s in more than one location
      5. Contact information if we have questions about your report
    2. Where to report errors
      1. Please submit all data corrections using the form here.  Try to report only one error per form submission.