A modification of the Morrow and the Smith, Watson and Topper (SWT) mean stress correction models is proposed to account for the mean stress effect on fatigue life. The capability and accuracy of the proposed model are compared to those of the original Morrow and the SWT model using published mean stress fatigue test data. The proposed mean stress correction model was found to be superior to both the SWT and the Morrow model in the case of the Incoloy 901 superalloy and the ASTM A723 steel. On the other hand both the proposed and the original SWT model provided equally good correlation with experimental data in the case of 7075-T561 aluminium alloy and 1045 HRC 55 steel. The Morrow model was found to give the least accurate predictions for all four materials analysed.