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Introduction to Scholarly Communication: Name Authority

Intended for graduate students, this guide provides essential information for graduate students to maximize the impact of their scholarly endeavors.

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Register your authoritative name. 

What is name authority?

The selection of a single way that your name will appear in all publications. This action when taken proactively assists other researchers to identify all publications written by you in all databases and web sources. 

Why does name authority matter?

  • Problems of name authority include:
  • Inconsistent name formats caused by the authors themselves or editors
  • Various transliteration systems, especially where different non-Roman alphabet names result in the same transliterated Roman alphabet name.
  • Legal name changes
  • Cultural variants in the position of surnames
  • Compound or hyphenated names
  • The sheer volume of scholarly materials
  • Highly similar names of individuals sometimes doing similar work at the same institution.
  • The large number of common names, especially certain surnames in many cultures.

Picking your authoritative name

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