Wham, bam, no thank you, ram: Publisher error leads to retraction of already-withdrawn sheep sperm paper
Caution: Sexual innuendo ahead.
Here’s a retraction notice from BMC Research Notes that speaks — and nudges and winks — for itself. The 2011 article, “Effect of controlled and uncontrolled cooling rate on motility parameters of cryopreserved ram spermatozoa,” by a team of Irani veterinary scientists:
has been retracted at the request of the Editor. Although the authors withdrew their submission in order to publish elsewhere, the article was subsequently transmitted to the journal’s production department which resulted in it being published in error.
These ram sperm appear to get around, though. We found a similarly (nearly identically) titled paper — “Effect of Controlled and Uncontrolled Rate of Cooling, Prior to Controlled Rate of Freezing, on Motion Characteristics and Acrosomal Integrity of Cryopreserved Ram Spermatozoa” — from 2008 in Biopreservation and Biobanking, from a group of authors in India.