Belonging is one of our core values. We aspire for everyone who works at and with our organization to feel valued and included. This commitment extends to the creators of the journal articles, books, research reports, and other works that we preserve and make accessible through JSTOR.
We would like to offer support to those authors who decide to change their name—for any reason. We know that many of our publishing partners share our commitment to belonging and inclusion, but that name change policies vary. Some publishers have had inclusive name change policies in place for some time, while others have recently updated their policies.
We have developed a policy that balances our role as archivists of the historical record with our support for authors who want their names to accurately reflect their identity. We look forward to continuing to work together to create a stronger, more inclusive environment for all authors.