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Changing your account name

You can change your account name in a few easy steps:

  1. Go to your Profile settings page
  2. Click on the Edit button below Name information
  3. Update your name in the box that appears
  4. Click Save to confirm your changes.

Note: Due to security reasons you can only change your name three times within a 30-day period.

Have you published under a different name or multiple names? If your author name (the name you've published under) doesn't match your account name exactly, your publications can sometimes be put into a queue while we manually verify authorship. To avoid this, you can either edit your account name or add an alternative author name.

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How do I change my profile's URL?

Your ResearchGate profile's URL is generated automatically from the name on your profile, so we cannot manually edit it for you. However, If the original account with your name no longer exists, you can reuse this URL by editing

your name.

1. Click the arrow in the top right-hand corner of any ResearchGate page.
2. Click ‘Settings’
3. Click on the ‘Edit’ button underneath ‘Name information’
4. Update your name information in the dialog box
5. Click ‘Save’ to confirm your changes.

Please note: Due to security reasons you can only change your name three times within a 30-day period.

Due to security measures, you can only change

your name

three times within a 30-day period

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You’ll be able to edit your name again once the 30-day period has expired. 

What's the difference between my account name and my author name?

Your account name is the name you are known as professionally. It helps your co-authors, colleagues, and peers recognize you and your contributions on ResearchGate.

Your author name represents any other name you've published under.

When adding publications to your profile, you may have trouble confirming authorship of your work if the name you published under doesn't match your account name. Adding an alternative author name can simplify this process. 

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How do I add an alternative author name?

Adding an alternative author name is easy:

  1. Go to your Profile settings page
  2. Click on the Edit button underneath Name information
  3. Select the Add an alternative name tab in the box that appears
  4. Update your alternative name with the name you published under
  5. Click Save to confirm your changes.

You’re all set! Now it’s much easier to confirm authorship of publications that don’t match your account name.

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