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I'm a medical student who is also interested in research and scientific publishing.

Although my legal name is Asian, I go by an English name with peers and supervisors (which is not on my degrees/official school records). In the future, I will have to use just my Asian first name when I practice medicine (but this won't matter because I will just be Dr.LastName anyways).

I'm just wondering what I should be publishing under - I found that a lot of people on pubmed/GScholar share my Asian name...and with my supervisors I am known by EnglishName-AsianName LastName.

Will publishing under this hyphenated name pose future problems if I practice just under AsianName?

I'm thinking problems such as not being recognized in research communities, hospital affiliations with research-based hospitals, etc.

  • Have you published any paper yet? – scaaahu Jan 7 '15 at 5:19
  • @scaaahu Moved discussion on applicability of asia tag to chat to avoid an extended discussion here. – ff524 Jan 7 '15 at 5:52
  • And also, are you in Asia currently? – scaaahu Jan 7 '15 at 6:21
  • Why not use a variation of.middle names: Wendy Weiwei KANG or Weiwei Wendy Lang. – RoboKaren Jan 7 '15 at 7:07
  • @ff524 - I'm thinking problems such as not being recognized in research communities, hospital affiliations with research-based hospitals, etc. – J B Jan 8 '15 at 5:25
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I really doubt it will cause you any problems in future.

A lot of people would change their family name as a result of marriage and even that not too terrible.

  • Mh, I figure that as long as I compile all my papers on my CV/research profile website, it doesn't really matter if my publication has a different first name initial...as long as I don't publish with someone else with my last name haha – J B Jan 8 '15 at 5:30
  • Um, if your last name is "Kim" or "Wang" (or "Brown") you have some competition. – Bob Brown Jan 11 '15 at 20:21

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