Elsevier launches a trans-inclusive name change policy

London, March 29, 2021 –


, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, is proud to launch a

trans-inclusive policy for author name changes

. This allows authors to retrospectively return to previously peer-reviewed articles of record and update them with their current names. Elsevier is committed to working with our partners to build more inclusive research and health ecosystems. We believe that we can make a real impact by ensuring that our content and solutions are as inclusive as possible, and by supporting the community of research and health professionals to enhance inclusion across all dimensions of diversity.

A trans-inclusive policy for author name changes serves to redress the personal and professional risks that many trans researchers have faced when correcting their publication record. We pledge our commitment to making name changes:


, without placing unnecessary burdens on authors;


in their implementation across platforms; and


, to help protect authors from harassment, in accordance with the

Committee on Publication Ethics Working Group’s



Upon request, Elsevier applies name updates directly to all versions of the published article on primary platforms such as


. We also propagate these changes to versions held across secondary platforms including Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed, and archives such as


. This policy represents a crucial step towards ensuring researchers are credited properly for their full body of published work, which is essential to their professional development. We are assessing what further actions are needed to make the changes comprehensive, for example correcting citations in previously published Elsevier content which is more technically complex.

We are pleased to extend a similar policy to authors who have changed their name for other personal reasons (e.g., marriage, divorce, or religious conversion).

“We’re living inside of a transforming consensus, and the speed with which groups like COPE, EDIS, and Elsevier have recognized the need to implement more inclusive policies is a testament to this rapid transformation,” commented

Theresa Tanenbaum

, Co-Founder, The Trans Name Change Policy working group. “The progress that we’re collectively making towards a more just publishing landscape is profoundly rewarding.”

Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director, STM Journals, added: “This policy enables us to help protect authors’ privacy and safety, while still safeguarding the scholarly record. Equity and inclusion in publishing is critically important for scientific excellence and innovation. Elsevier believes passionately in the power of an inclusive publishing environment, also in our own


, not only to do what is right, but to enrich, strengthen and advance us all.”

We recognise there remains work for publishers, including Elsevier, to do to dismantle historical biases to ensure greater inclusivity. We stand ready and willing to listen, learn, and respond.

Inclusion & Diversity at Elsevier

As a publisher, we have a role as a curator of the research ecosystem, which is why we have created an

Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board

to bring together the expert and thoughtful contributions of leaders from across the international research and health community. The Board aims to impact diversity and inclusion in research across gender, race & ethnicity, and geographical dimensions and ensure that research is conducted and reported in the most equitable and inclusive manner possible. Together we are developing standards, best practices and evidence-based initiatives that drive unbiased, robust decisions to improve I&D in editorial boards, peer review and scientific conferences as well as equity in research funding, publication and career opportunities.


About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics,


helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems.

In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders.

Elsevier employs 8,100 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as










support strategic

research management


R&D performance


clinical decision support

, and

health education

. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our 2,500+ digitized journals, including

The Lancet



, our 40,000 eBook titles; and our iconic reference works, such as

Gray’s Anatomy

. With the

Elsevier Foundation

and our external

Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board

, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance

inclusion and diversity

in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world.

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This part of information is sourced from https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/e-ela032921.php