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The Original Article was published on 06 November 2013

The Correspondence 'Discard Soviet doctorate systems' (A. Gorobets Nature 503, 39; 2013) wrongly implied that researchers in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other former Soviet states do not rely on peer-reviewed publications for career advancement. In fact, they do not rely on international peer-reviewed publications. Also, doctorate-degree candidates are not classified as 'students'.

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Correction. Nature 503, 198 (2013).

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