We divide corrections into those related to citations and references,
and all other issues. Plase treat them as indicated below.
For corrections other than citations and references, simply email
your request to
email@example.com. Be sure to identify the paper that
has a problem in a unique way (journal reference, eprint number, or
report number) and clearly explain what the problem is and how you
suggest it should be resolved.
Before anything else, please read the fine print about citation counting.
Our methods of collecting references
may be of interest, to help you understand how our system works. You
may also want to look at what you can do
to help us get better at collecting references.
Citation related requests are extremely frequent, we ask that you
read and follow the instructions below so that we can process as many
corrections as possible in a timely and correct fashion.
- If Paper A (often your paper) has a lower citation count than you
think is correct, it is because we have missed a reference to paper A
from paper B. This means you need to find paper B and tell us
how to correct it.
- The first thing to do is go to our reference list for paper B and
see why your paper is missing from this list. To do that, click on References
and compare the list you see with what is on the actual paper. Once
you're there it will also help you to click on Bare SPIRES reference list to give us the necessary
information as described below.
Then send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Missed References for [Author of B] arch-ive/yymmnnn (or journal,volume,page)
- The information in the body of your mail will depend upon what went
wrong with paper B. There are several possible problems and we
ask that you treat them differently
- Paper B has no references in our record
Just include all the references*
HN = References from user;
CITATION = ZEPYA,B51,65;
CITATION = ZEPYA,B59,117;
CITATION = NUPHA,B294,223;
CITATION = RMPHA,36,856;
CITATION = CNPPA,13,15;
CITATION = CNPPA,10,53;
CITATION = PRPLC,49,261;
CITATION = CNPPA,17,63;
The journal codens can be found in the
We only accept complete
lists of missing references. This is important to ensure our records
are as complete as possible.
- Paper B has references but we missed yours
Tell us the missing one, and where it belongs in our list
CITATION = NUPHA,B294,223;
CITATION = PHLTA,B336,1;
are cited between
ZEPYA,B59,117 (or Zeit Phys b59, 117 or whatever you want to call
it) and RMPHA,36,856.
We CANNOT use the number of the reference from the paper, we
need the position relative to other papers in the SPIRES reference
Please do not send us mail like "My paper X is Ref  in
paper y's ref list." This would slow down the process of correcting
the references immensely, and due to the volume of corrections we
get, we need your help to make things as efficient as possible.
Thus we ask that you please use the "before" and "after" papers are
in our SPIRES list. It doesn't matter if there are actually 20 other
papers missing between ZEPYA,B59,117 and RMPHA,36,856, unless you
want to provide all of them as well.
This is how you should handle papers that were cited as preprint
numbers (e.g. SLAC-PUB-3456).
- There is a typographical error in paper B's
Tell us the incorrect paper in our list
You have CITATION = RMPHA,36,856;
and it should be CITATION = RMPHA,36,956;
- Paper B cites your paper as a preprint
(e.g. SLAC-PUB-8432), though it is now published or eprinted
- See number 2.
- Paper B has a radically changed reference
list, and now includes your paper
Sometimes the references change so much that they are completely
different from the original. In this case, please start by clicking
on References and then "Bare SPIRES
Reference list." You'll have to make the appropriate modifications
to this, then send it to us at
- We do not have paper B in the SPIRES-HEP
If we are missing a paper that cites your work, you can add it using
form. Be sure to include all the references!
- Your paper has been translated
(published twice) and we don't know
In some cases a paper can have a lot of citations for its translated
version. We need to know both the original and the translation to be
able to tally up the citations of both.
V.A. Miransky, ON THE QUARK EFFECTIVE MASS IN QCD. (IN RUSSIAN).
65 times in the HEP (SPIRES-SLAC) database. [Full
You will see that the citation search looks for citations of both
SJNCA,38,280 and YAFIA,38,468. But, of course, this is only possible
if we know both the original and translated versions
of this paper.