Questions tagged [personal-name]

On the use of an individual's name in academia, including but not necessarily limited to publishing. Do not use this tag for questions related to academic vocabulary and phrases; use 'terminology' instead.

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Can I add my middle initial to my author name in preceding articles?

So I'm not sure what to do. I've been listed as a co-author on my first publication in X journal, with a decent impact factor. Now I just realized that my middle initial wasn't included on the first ...
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After initial contact, how long should I address a professor as "Dr. Smith" or "Professor Smith"?

Let's assume that I've contacted professors in the United States and referred to them appropriately as "Dr. Smith" or "Professor Smith" based on their having attained a Ph.D. If they respond to me ...
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Special (non-english) character in name. What to do as author? Internationalize or not?

In German, as well as in other languages, people have Non-English characters in their names. e.g. ß, the umlauts etc.. I frequently face problems when flying, opening bank accounts, etc., ...
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Choosing my name as an author when publishing a scientific paper, can I use my "unofficial" first name?

I have one official first name which appears on my ID card. I have another first name which friends call me by. Is it possible to use my unofficial first name and official family name to publish ...
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Name of a college career

At my school, we call a list of courses (or classes) a semester or a term - as in Spring 2014 semester that includes 5 classes. I'm looking for a word that means "list of semesters", whether it has ...
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How can I get all my papers under the same Scopus profile?

I have recently searched my publications in Scopus and I have found that they are all scattered around. The reason behind that maybe is because I have a compound last name. The situation has gone ...
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Mentioning student name changes in a letter of recommendation

What is the best protocol for handling a student whose name has changed from the time when a letter writer knew the student. For instance, suppose Pat Jones has become Pat Smith. Do we write Pat ...
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Should I cite author names as they appear in the journal or as I know them to be complete?

Since I've been using Mendeley to manage and extract metadata from my PDFs, I've come to notice that authors are sometimes denoted with all their initials and sometimes with just one. I assume this ...
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How to edit name on existing publications after a name change?

Assume that I publish many papers in many journals and someday I changed the family name (my last name). How can I edit that where my papers have been published? and is it easy process?
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Should your PhD students call you by your first name?

I've read at least one career advice essay that calls out asking your PhD students to call you by your first name as unprofessional. My coworkers and I always called our PhD advisor by his first name,...
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Is a researcher with the same name in a different field likely to cause confusion?

I would like to get some advice on what may or may not be a problem, namely the lack of unique identifiers for scientific authors. So there is a researcher with the same first and last name as myself,...
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Indicating a name change after publication

My wife has publications under both her maiden name and her married name. How should she indicate that this is the case on her CV, if she wants to mention publications from both time periods?
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How should 'van'-names be ordered in a bibliography?

How would names with 'van', written in the Dutch style - e.g. van Beukering, J., be ordered in a bibliography? Do we count the 'van' element so that e.g. van Beukering, J. would be some point after ...
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If I publish under a pseudonym, can I still take credit for my work?

Is it possible to publish under a nom de plume (pen name, pseudonym)? ... and still take credit for the work? I may have a chance to publish with the professor I am working with soon and if I am on ...
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How to learn how to pronounce and remember names of Chinese students?

Most Australian universities have a large number of international students. Common countries of origin include China, Singapore, and Malaysia. When interacting with students, it's much nicer if you ...
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For publications, what do I do when my first name is abbreviated?

I'm Muslim, I use Md. as for Muhammad. So when submiting to journals, should I stick to the 2nd & 3rd names? I'm currently facing problems in submitting to arxiv.org which asks for only first and ...
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What are some practices for getting a name change so that people can find me more easily?

For a similar thing, see this thread, where Jay Wacker managed to get people to call him by the name Jay even though he didn't need to get a legal name change. I'm not sure how to go about this though....

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