Author Name Change Policy and Procedures

There are many reasons why journal authors may change names during their publishing careers, including but not limited to marriage or divorce, gender identity, or religious conversion. SSA supports such changes as well as our authors’ privacy in such matters. Authors are not required to disclose the reason or provide documentation for a name change request. We will work together with authors to update the publication records for articles published in SSA’s journals.

SSA will only accept requests directly from the author named in the change request; we will not consider requests from other individuals on an author’s behalf. If necessary, SSA may request information to reasonably establish the identity of the requester.

Unless otherwise instructed by the author, SSA will update the article record(s) silently. The process will be completed without any public notices. Authors who prefer an official announcement may submit an erratum to accompany their name change request.  Co-authors will only be notified if the author chooses to publish an erratum.

SSA will update and republish the electronic (HTML and PDF) Version of Record. No changes will be made to the printed article. Other than citations within SSA’s articles listed in the name change request, SSA is unable to correct citations to papers in which a name change has been made; however, the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for the article will remain the same.

SSA will provide the updated metadata to relevant third parties, such as abstracting and indexing services (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus). Note, we are not able to control if or when these services will update their records.

SSA will not normally facilitate changes to correct spelling errors that were present in the author versions, out-of-date affiliation details, or changes to email addresses that do not result from name changes.

To request a name change, authors should complete this online form.

Authors should include:

  • The author’s former and current name,
  • ORCID, if available,
  • A list of references of impacted SSA articles, including Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs),
  • Whether any changes to personal pronouns are necessary, and
  • Whether the author wishes to publish a public Erratum.

In addition, SSA recommends authors update their relevant profiles such as ORCID ( and Editorial Manager (BSSA:, SRL:, TSR:  SSA also recommends, when appropriate, the requesting author notify co-authors from previous publications, as this will ensure future citations reflect the name change.

If you have any questions, please contact, listing Name Change in the subject line.