A journal was contacted by an individual who had recently seen a published article and was surprised that he was not listed as an author because it utilised samples from a database that he established. He stated that the cohort had spawned many projects, but he was not involved in the “specialist area” in this article. However, he believed he should have been listed as an author because the article would not have been possible without his database. The editor asked if the Forum thought that a formal erratum denoting an acknowledgment or authorship was appropriate.
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