Article Withdrawal Policy
Only used for Articles in Press, which are preliminary versions of articles that may contain errors or have been sent twice inadvertently. Infrequently, but occasionally, the articles may violate professional ethical rules, such as multiple submission, false claims of authorship, plagiarism, or dishonest use of data. Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication but have not yet been formally published) that include errors or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, papermills or the like) are subject to rejection. Withdrawn indicates that the article material is removed from the issue.
Publications that include significant errors may be retracted and replaced with a revised version of the text after contacting the author(s) involved. In the instance of research and publishing misconduct, however, and depending on the seriousness of the issue discussed, the Chief Editor and Editorial staff will express their decision to the affected authors and provide them a communication of the decision. In addition, the publication will be retracted in accordance with regulatory requirements. The repository will keep the meta data, but the publication will no longer be accessible and a notice of retraction will be put on the BAP website where the publication is hosted.
In a very limited number of instances, it may be required to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur if the article is clearly defamatory or violates the legal rights of others, if it is, or we have good reason to believe it will be, the subject of a court order, or if it poses a major health risk if acted upon. The metadata (Title and Authors) will be preserved, but the text will be replaced with a message indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.
In instances where the article, if acted upon, could represent a significant health risk, the original writers may choose to retract the incorrect article and publish a revised version. In such cases, the procedures for retraction will be followed, with the exception that the database retraction notice will include a link to the revised and republished article as well as the document's history.