I am employing the word, correction, in the title of a section of writing—but I'm concerned about its proper use.

Here are a few examples of the title:

  • Formal Correction to Smith's Conclusion
  • Formal Correction of Smith's Conclusion
  • Formal Correction for Smith's Conclusion

My writing aims to correct the invalid conclusions that another author drew, thus I need the title to embody that.

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    I think in such a context, correction sounds a bit weird, even amateurish. You might do better to call it a critique (or refutation if you want the title to announce in advance that you disagree with Smith's conclusion). Jul 31, 2014 at 19:51
  • They do not mean the same, use the preposition as appropriate after understanding and deciding on the context. No one of the alternatives is better or worse than the other.
    – Kris
    Aug 1, 2014 at 5:57

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I would say you want the second one:

  • Correction to: a document after proof-reading
  • Correction of: an error
  • Correction for: ... no.
  • Essentially an opinion.
    – Kris
    Aug 1, 2014 at 5:56
  • Why "Correction for... no?"
    – Kris
    Aug 1, 2014 at 5:58
  • @Kris (1) Aren't opinions relevant in a discussion of language usage? Or perhaps you think there's only one correct usage.
    – Reg Edit
    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:10
  • @Kris (2) Why Correction for... no? - bearing in mind your other comment (above) I take it this question is rhetorical; since you disagree, perhaps you could provide an example in the context of the OP's question. The OP aims to correct the invalid conclusions that another author drew. I can't see that for producing that effect.
    – Reg Edit
    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:10
  • I agree with this answer. The only use I can think of for correction for would be to describe the reason for making the correction, e.g. correction for publishing. But even that sounds awkward.
    – Barmar
    Aug 2, 2014 at 6:44

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