In the peer-reviewed article “Penile length–somatometric parameters relationship in healthy Egyptian men“, the FIVE authors stated:
On the other hand, Fujieda & Matsuura (1987) reported mean value of stretched flaccid penile length of 9 cm (range 6.6–12.2 cm) in healthy adult Japanese.
An email was sent to the journal editor as follows:
Fujieda & Matsuura (1987) was a study of newborns to adolescents, not adults. The range 6.6-12.2 is also not found in that article. An erratum is requested.
A corrigendum was published:
In the article entitled “Penile length–somatometric parameters relationship in healthy Egyptian men” by M. E. Shalaby, A. E.-R. M. Almohsen, A. R. El Shahid, M. T. Abd Al-Sameaa and T. Mostafa, published in Andrologia 2015;47:402–406 (DOI: 10.1111/and.12275), the sentence “On the other hand, Fujieda & Matsuura (1987) reported mean value of stretched flaccid penile length of 9 cm (range 6.6–12.2 cm) in healthy adult Japanese.” on page 404 in the first paragraph of the discussion section is incorrect. The correct sentence should be:
In this context, Fujieda & Matsuura (1987), in their cross-sectional series on penile lengths, showed that the mean penile length increased from 4.9 ± 0.8 cm at stage I of pubic hair development to 7.2 ± 1.4 cm at stage II and 9.0 ± 1.0 cm at stages IV–V whereas the largest increment was observed between stage I and stage II of pubic hair development.
The authors apologise for this error and any confusion caused.
Translation: We (the 5 ‘Arab’ authors) let our anti-East Asian racism and sloppy scholarship get published so we will quote from the original article even if a reader is still liable to think that adult Japanese males (Tanner stage V) have 9 cm penises. We apologize for publishing our stereotypes.