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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: For 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.

Why can't I add my academic title to my name?  

Our name matching algorithm, which is responsible for automatically attaching publications to the correct profile, works best by matching just a person's name without their academic title. For this reason, we don't allow the addition of titles such as Dr. or Prof. to your name on ResearchGate. 

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 to something else, and then changing it back again.

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. 

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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