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Can I change the names or distinguishing characteristics of the people in my story to protect their privacy?

We generally prefer that you not do this, and would argue that, in most cases, there are better ways to approach this type of challenge. That said, in some cases—for example, if you’re a doctor writing about your work with patients—sometimes masking identities may be appropriate. Regardless, we’re big fans of transparency, and if you’ve taken this type of liberty, we greatly appreciate a note in the cover letter or a footnote in the manuscript itself.