Inclusive author name change policy

Elsevier supports ‘invisible’ author name changes for transgender authors and other authors with a strong need for privacy, in accordance with the principles informing the Committee on Publication Ethics’ working group.

On request from the author, author names can be directly updated on published papers on Elsevier’s primary publishing platforms, without any correction or other note. Arrangements are then made to update the article metadata in secondary indexation databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and Pubmed, as applicable.

There may be some authors who have less need for privacy and the name change could impact the visibility of their paper, for example, if the first author changes their last name. The name can then be changed directly in the article but a correction/note might be published after discussion with the author.

To arrange a name update, please provide the current name details and list of published journal articles to: namechangeATelsevierDOTcom