New, more inclusive policy makes it easier to change your name on published PeerJ articles


In response to feedback from the community, we have introduced a new policy to make it much easier to change your name on published papers.

PeerJ understands that an author might need to change their name for a variety of reasons. For some, legal name changes might not be available; and it might not be appropriate to perpetuate a previous name. We are happy to change an author’s name on request, with as few barriers as we can. We do not require a reason or any proof of a legal name change to do so. We’ve been planning this policy change for quite a while, but wanted to ensure as many of our indexing partners would also be able to change the indexed version of the article citation as quickly as possible.

Names will be changed in both the HTML and PDF versions of PeerJ articles. The DOI will remain unchanged and the updated metadata will be transmitted to our indexing partners with the intent that future citations will be associated with the correct name.

We do not require that the author requesting the name change notify their co-authors, but we do recommend it to ensure that when co-authors cite the article they do so with the updated citation, to ensure consistency and citation matching. PeerJ are happy to do this on an author’s behalf, if they so wish, but we will not contact co-authors unless specifically asked to do so. Neither will we post any notice of the change on the article.

To request a name change, please email in confidence and we will do our best to implement the change as quickly and seamlessly as we can. The request should come from the author themself. If a third party is making a request on behalf of an author, we must be able to confirm that it is with the knowledge, and at the request, of the author involved.

PeerJ will endeavor to follow the prevailing best practices in these matters, as recommended by COPE.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the PeerJ Communities team.