Dr. Irving Rettig (he/they) is an inorganic chemist and transgender activist in the STEM fields.
He received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Pitzer College in 2014, completed his Ph.D. in inorganic photochemistry in 2021 at Portland State University, and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Rettig is a founding member of the Name Change Policy Working Group (NCPWG), a group comprised of transgender/genderqueer academics and cisgender allies that collaborates with journals and publishers to adopt more inclusive name change policies on publications that better accommodate transgender authors.
He is also a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) subgroup on name change policies, which is developing new guidance on name change policies for all 12,000+ of its member journals.
He has personally overseen the development of name change policies with ACS, IOP, Wiley, and more.