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Manage Your Researcher Name

As a researcher and author your name is an asset because it links your identity to all of your research outputs over time.

Why Manage Your Research Name?

You should manage your researcher name so that:

  • You receive personal credit for your individual publications
  • You receive credit for the total body of your work carried out at all the institutions with which you are affiliated over the course of your career
  • You build an academic reputation
  • Researchers can identify you as a peer and collaborate with you

Decide upon the way you will be known and be consistent about using it for all your publications and presentations.
For example, if your name is Jessica Smith, decide whether you will be known as Jessica Smith; Jessica S Smith; Jessica Sarah Smith etc. and stick to that convention.

But, however careful you are about using a particular form of your name, there is no guarantee that publishers will conform to your choice. Therefore, we suggest that you create an ORCID ID to:

  • make it easy for databases to identify your work, even if journal publishers have formatted your name differently according to their own style
  • bring all of your documents together even if your name changes

Learn more about ORCID identifiers (IDs) and how to create one

Manage Your Researcher Identity Tool Kit

Researcher Development


  • Domain B (Personal Effectiveness)
    Sub-Domain B3 (Professional and Career Development)
    Descriptor: Career management

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