bunch of trans academics: you could have been using your chosen name all along
me: WHAT
trans academics: yeah your CV and journal titles aren't legal documents
me: WHAT

so trans academics who aren't aware of this, you can use your chosen name everywhere


@Cyborgneticz Yeah, but once you've published under one name you have to keep using it forever or no one can find you ever again.

They are TRYING to get everyone to use OCRID IDs but.... yeah. No one searches by those even with journals pushing it as hard as they can.

See: Someone with a stupid common name that lots of other people publish under.

@Canageek I've seen quite a few trans people change their names and not have many issues.

@Cyborgneticz Might be chemistry/physical science specific? I know other fields rely on papers and citations less and other things (books, conference presentations) more.

Its enough of an issue most women who get married in Chemistry that I've seen still publish under their maiden name even if they change their name.

@Canageek Yeah that might be it. I know political science relies heavily on pubs But from what I hear people are more sympathetic in social sciences and humanities.
Sounds like the classic divide between hard sciences and hss to me!

@Cyborgneticz Its more that people will let you write whatever you want, but everone's habit when wanting to find more papers by the same author is to search the name.

Hard silence is pushing the move to ORCID ID to fix this: I think the ACS might be one of the hosts of it?

@Canageek aaah I see. The change in social sciences to be like 'OH OKAY WE UNDERSTAND NOW' is pretty recent, and like there's still a push to publish under your chosen name asap so they don't confuse you. I'm lucky that I only have one pub under my birth name, and the next one is going to be my chosen name and so on.

ORCID would be great!

@Cyborgneticz Yeah, my birth name is really common so there are multiple chemists publishing under it and multiple people in the Cambridge Structural Database with my name.

But I've now got 7 publications or so under it

@Cyborgneticz The write whatever you want is also an issue as its a pain to search for as people will publish you as

Alan Wake
Alan B. Wake
A. Wake
A. B. Wake

And those all may or may not be the same person and it depends on journal style and what the first author wrote down which they use

@Canageek @Cyborgneticz

But the good thing with this is that if you then rename yourself to Anita Wake, you'll still look the same in most literature searches. If you hate that name and prefer to cange the initial, it's probably fine since many people would look for "Author_lastname:Wake; topic:somnology; years:1998-2020", ommitting the initials because they're never consistently stored.

@Canageek Oof yeah that's a lot.
Changing this as a PhD student is nice because like now is the time you start to get published

@Cyborgneticz I got three publications in my first year, and wasn't first author on them so didn't have a chance to change it.

@Cyborgneticz Two papers from my undergrad came out in my first year, and on from another group member I had one structure in, and that was before I really had a feel for what I was doing.

Plus I would have just swapped my first and middle names anyway, which isn't' what I"m using now.

@Canageek political theory is all self author so it takes a thousand years

@Cyborgneticz Yeah, chemistry single author is rare, would mean the prof did the lab work themselves. The smallest number I have on a paper is two, the largest is....14?

@Canageek bananas. it's wild cause theory just accepts that you might apply to jobs with 2-3 publications, and the acceptance rates keep lowering and lowering but the job market wants people to mad amounts of pubs. it just...it makes me so mad.

@Canageek @Cyborgneticz
I know several women who decided to keep their maiden name in order to be able to keep publishing under it -- I bet this would have been very useful information for them, too.

@Canageek @Cyborgneticz

This is probably true in most disciplines, in terms of finding all publications by some author -- but in your CV, it should not be an issue because you can list all the papers you wrote. And I think that most trans people keep their last names, so since most journals only list initials + last name, it's a small change (and if the new first name starts with the same letter, it'd be unchanged!)

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