So I'm in a very complicated scenario. I'm planning on changing my name between now and when I go to grad school. But I'm in no position to legally change it until after I go to grad school. Also my name is on the Astrophysical Journal somewhere, and the problem is that it would look somewhat disturbing (to others perhaps?) to have publications under two different names and then put in a "name changed" section in a list of publications.
Has anyone in the academic world successfully changed their name? Granted, my publications were not major, and I didn't do that much work to get them. So once in grad school, I can probably safely change it once I get more publications, perhaps? Still, *no one* I know has ever put "legal name changed" in a CV.