Scientific journal apologizes amid backlash over Canadian professor’s essay criticizing diversity hiring

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TORONTO — A Canadian professor who criticized diversity hiring in an opinion essay has prompted a prestigious German scientific journal to retract the piece, and the publisher and his university to issue a public apology. Amid a backlash over the article published June 4, the Angewandte Chemie, which bills itself as one of the world’s prime chemistry journals, withdrew the piece written by Tomas Hudlicky, of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. “The opinions expressed in this essay do not reflect our values of fairness, trustworthiness and social awareness,” Neville Compton, the editor-in-chief, said in a statement. “It is not only our responsibility to spread trusted knowledge, but to also stand against discrimination, injustices and inequity.”