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Why is an "Author Name" Important?

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 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, Scopus 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.

There are several resources to help authors manage unique and consistent author names to ensure that their publications are associated with the correct author.

We highly recommend that authors create an ORCID iD, then check their profiles in Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar Citations. An ORCID iD can be created using publication data from Scopus or Web of Science/Researcher ID.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes authors from other authors and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between authors and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognized.

ORCID is linked among other identifier systems such as the Scopus Author ID, ResearcherID and LinkedIn; publishers such as Nature and APS; and funding agencies such as NIH and the Wellcome Trust (see the SciENCV tab for more information about ORCID integration with NIH). This means that ORCID is not limited to a specific platform and is a non-proprietary means of establishing your author name.

Your name is key to establishing a unique public profile throughout your research and academic career for publications and research activities. But if your name is a common name or if you have changed your name, or if you are affiliated with several organizations over your career, there may be multiple name variants associated with your publications and research activities.

ORCID provides a universal, non-proprietary solution by linking your publications/research activities to you.

Registering for an ORCID identifier helps to promote discoverability among multiple information platforms and workflows as well as establishing a unique presence for researchers and scholars, regardless of name variants or affiliation history.

Registration for the ORCID iD is free and privacy settings are controlled by the individual. To register, complete a short registration form and select Register.

See the ORCID materials for more information: