The Case for Retroactive Author Name Changes

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Type

Title

The Case for Retroactive Author Name Changes

Creator/Author

Amy Lazet;
Brian Watson

Creator/Author Institutional Affiliation

Watson: University of British Columbia

Date

5/2022

Abstract

A name is a reflection of the individual, yet for authors who no longer identify with their birth name or whose name has changed, continuing to see their previous name on publications can be painful, annoying, or even potentially dangerous. While this applies to many authors (as will be discussed below) trans and gender-diverse authors are particularly faced with an untenable choice: disassociate themselves from their previous writings (thereby losing their scholarly record), or out themselves as trans by claiming previous publications under their new name. Neither choice is viable, and in response, there is a growing movement to correct the published record to reflect these authors’ true names.

Journal Title

College & Research Libraries

Journal Volume & Issue

83, no. 3

Subject Terms

transgender; cataloging; metadata; name changes; equity; social justice; retroactive

Length

13 p.

Page Range

359-371

ISBN/ISSN

2150-6701

Rights

Files

Lazet_CRL.pdf

Citation

“The Case for Retroactive Author Name Changes,” CCS Research Repository, accessed July 25, 2024, https://omeka.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/items/show/63.

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