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Frontiers’ New Policy Enables Retrospective Name Changes for Authors

These changes can be made to author names or pronouns and can be done without the publication of a correction

by Frontiers
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Frontiers is pleased to announce a new policy to make it easier for authors to retrospectively change their name or pronouns. The policy has been created as part of Frontiers’ commitment to improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in publishing and covers name changes made for any reason, including marital status, gender identity, or religion.

Authors will be able to request a change to their name or pronouns by completing a simple contact form on the Frontiers website. Once processed the request will be actioned across all publications and on the Frontiers publishing platform. Authors will also be able to opt for this update to be made silently, meaning that it will not be necessary to publish a correction when the change is implemented. 

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Mirjam Eckert, Chief Publishing Officer at Frontiers said: “we are really delighted to be able to offer our authors a straightforward pathway to making retrospective name changes on publications and across our platform. By introducing this new policy, we want to ensure that all Frontiers authors receive correct recognition for their work and that the process to implement name changes is clear, convenient, and fair.”

Kanika Suri Mehra, Chief People Officer at Frontiers said: “we want diversity and inclusion to be at the core of everything we do at Frontiers. By introducing this new policy, we are working to support all members of our community and to be flexible and responsive to the needs of our authors. This policy also brings us into line with best practice in the industry.”

Both silent and non-silent updates will also be notified to PMC, PubMed, and CrossRef, however Frontiers is not able to guarantee updates will be made to 3rd party databases, which may have their own policies regarding such changes.

- This press release was provided by Frontiers