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Igor Pak, a mathematician, has written a very detailed and good post on the editorial process, intervention by outsiders, what to do if a fatal flaw is discovered, and so forth. I don't agree with it all, but given the number of issues he addresses concretely, it's statistically highly unlikely anyone will agree with it all. (It's also unlikely anybody will *disagree* with it all, to look on the bright side.)  Any comments?  https://igorpak.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/what-weve-got-here-is-failure-to-communicate/#comments

I'd be particularly interested in hearing from academics who think that it is appropriate to retract acceptance of papers that would have pernicious political effects, though that is just part of what Pak addresses. (Politics in math? Yes--- many people apparently think that some theorems, though correct, give aid and comfort to the Alt-Right , shouldn't be accepted, and any mistaken acceptances should be retracted. See https://quillette.com/2018/09/07/academic-activists-send-a-published-paper-down-the-memory-hole/ and the 41 pages of documentary evidence posted a couple of days ago at https://www.dropbox.com/s/lnm3csfna4seavr/hill_redacted.pdf?dl=0).

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I'm not sure, but you may have more luck if you ask a journal's managing editor.