Scientific publishers expedite name changes for authors

Career News | July 21, 2021

Safety and equity concerns prompt some journals and scientific societies to hasten use of new names on transgender authors’ works.

In an effort to expand inclusivity for transgender researchers, some scientific publishers and societies worldwide have adopted policies that allow rapid and discreet author name changes to be made on digital editions of published works. These include research articles, conference papers, books and book chapters.

Some publishers are also extending the name-change option to anyone else who might seek it.

Among journal publishers that have adopted such policies are Springer Nature, which publishes Nature, Nature journals and the magazine Scientific American; Elsevier, which publishes The Lancet and Cell; Wiley, which publishes hundreds of journals; the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which publishes Science; and the American Chemical Society, which publishes the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The American Institute of Physics, which publishes a number of physics journals and the magazine Physics Today, is updating its formal policy.

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