I'm in the process of applying to graduate school.
Previous to this, I published an article under the name "Usama B. Ayasrah". At the moment, I'm working on my second article. My MSc supervisor told me to use my legal name instead of my preferred name.
The problem here is that my full name is "Osama Bassam Mohammad Qasim Omar Ayasrah" and my legal name is "Osama Bassam Mohammad Omar". As it is the name of my extended family, I prefer to use "Ayasrah". This is a matter of personal preference.
I know I wasn't consistent, but I want to fix this right now. Should I use my legal name with a twist, like "Osama Omar (Ayasrah)"? What will I say if someone asks me about my first article?
The case is further complicated by the fact that my email address is (usama.qasim@..) and I refer to it in the last publication.
I'm trying to finish the in-press process for my publication as soon as I can.
I'd appreciate any suggestions that relate the previous article to the current one - taking into account how I feel about the name of my family.