I sincerely apologize to everone who feels hurt by my PNAS preprint on how metrics of research impact can help to inform hiring and tenure decisions. My goal was to promote fairness and concreteness in judgments that now are based on personal opinion. My work was intended to decrease bias and to improve fairness. It was intended to help us all to do the best science that we can.
I believe in the results in my PNAS paper. Methods and results are discussed in detail in my book on "Metrics of Research Impact in Astronomy". I believe in those results, too. Both the PNAS paper and the book were refereed. The book is published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, but the ASP Editor and I have suspended distribution pending further advice.
I support efforts to promote fairness, inclusivity, and a nurturing environment for all.
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