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Establishing Your Author Name

from a new post by Cathy Sarli
Scholarly Communication Update
Becker Medical Library WUSTL

Your name as an author is key to establishing a unique public profile for dissemination and promotion of your research.

Authors should use the same variation of their name consistently throughout their academic and research careers.

Consistency of an author name enhances the discoverability of research
Uniqueness
of an author name helps establishes a presence for an author

How can authors find out if other authors have similar names? One tip is to do an author search in several databases such as PubMed, Embase or Web of Science.

How many name variants are there for your name?
How many authors share your name?
How many authors with a similar name have publications in the same subject area?
Is it possible to distinguish publications from authors with similar names?

If you find similarities in author names, consider adding your full middle name or using your middle initial to distinguish it from other authors.

Resources to help authors manage unique and consistent author names to ensure that their publications are associated with the correct author:

ORCID

ResearcherID

Scopus Author Identifier Tool

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