I worked with a fellow physics librarian on this problem several years ago and we found the same 'infuriatingly inconsistent' practices in the S&T literature. It would be nice if publishers added a link from the original article to the errata ... in BOLD at the top of the record on their website.  For example:


This article has an erratum: [erratum]

Electron impact excitation collision strength for transitions in C II
S. S. Tayal
A&A 486, 629-636 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200810055


The American Chemical Society has a 'addition/correction' link along with supporting information, etc. (which should be better highlighted).

Multi-Emissive Difluoroboron Dibenzoylmethane Polylactide Exhibiting Intense Fluorescence and Oxygen-Sensitive Room-Temperature Phosphorescence
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129 (29), pp 8942-8943

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Although some others (e.g. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society) don't even provide a clue on the original article web page ...

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Happy Friday!

I'm hoping to establish how publishers typically deal with an electronic version of an article when an erratum has been published regarding that article in a print issue of the journal.  When I looked in to this a few years ago, I found that publishers were infuriatingly inconsistent in their policies, but I found that out only after contact several publishers directly.  If anyone has any suggestions as to a more expedient means of determining how publishers approach electronic errata, I'd be grateful to hear about them.

Thank you!

Melissa Kovac, MA, MLIS
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