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Over its history, AIP Publishing has published hundreds of thousands of articles. While AIP Publishing has a clearly defined statement on the policies and ethics of authors submitting to its journals, and while each article undergoes a rigorous peer review process, AIP Publishing, like every other publisher, cannot insure that every statement in every article that it publishes is correct or that no portion of the article has been improperly copied from a prior work. Ultimately, AIP Publishing must largely rely on the scientific community and authors to sort out the merits and the validity of the claims of each published work, as it and other publishers have done for many decades. In its role as publisher, AIP Publishing acts quickly and decisively when presented with an issue that falls within its legal scope of concern. For example, if a third-party claims that an article infringes his or her copyrighted material, AIP Publishing conducts a thorough examination of that claim and takes appropriate action. However, issues such as who was the first to invent a particular method or technology or whether or not a particular statement in a peer-reviewed, published article is accurate are issues that should be resolved among the claimant and the author and any questions about those issues should be directed to them. AIP Publishing does not mediate disputes between scientists.