It is a general principle of scholarly communication that the Editor of a publication is solely and independently responsible for deciding which articles submitted shall be published. In making this decision, the Editor is guided by publication-specific policies and constrained by such legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. An outcome of this principle is the importance of the scholarly archive as a permanent, historic record of the transactions of scholarship: articles which have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as much as possible. However, occasionally circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted or even removed. Such actions must not be taken lightly and can only occur under exceptional circumstances.
Athena International Publishing recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record to researchers and the wider academic community. Honest errors are a part of science and publishing and require publication of a notification or correction when they are detected. We adhere to the highest standards to maintain the trust in and correctness of our electronic archive and in all cases our official archives at the National Library of the Netherlands will retain all article versions, including retracted or otherwise removed articles.
Our publications operate according to the below policies for making corrections to scholarly published material and follow the current best practices adopted in the scholarly and library communities. As standards evolve and change over time, we will revisit these policies and welcome the input of scholarly and library communities to update them. We believe that these issues require international standards and we will be active in lobbying with various information bodies to establish international best practices that the publishing and information industries can adopt.