Your author names must include a first and last name in one of the following formats: Andrew Smith, A. Smith and Andrew S. First, middle, and last names must begin with a capital letter.
Middle names and initials are also accepted, provided at least one full name is included. An author name CANNOT be only initials. E.g. "A. F. B." is not a valid author name.
Your author name may be registered to only one account. If your desired author name is not currently available it is recommended to add a middle initial to make the name unique, (e.g. Andrew J. Smith).
Once your article is live, it may not be transferred or resubmitted under a different author name. At all times, you must retain your Exclusive Rights and maintain your credibility as an author.
EzineArticles reserves the right to ask any author to provide documentation or proof a name is accurate.
E.g. An author writing in a Woodworking niche whose name is "Robert Wood" may be required to provide documentation or proof their last name is in fact "Wood."
Author names with a royalty title, a professional doctorate or attorney at law title may also be required to provide documentation or proof the name and/or title is accurate.
In order to brand yourself effectively, ensure your author name is included consistently on every article across the Internet. Your credibility matters and by not doing this, you are allowing others to more readily rip your content and claim it as their own (plagiarism), or build confusion with your readership on who truly owns the article.
In addition to the above criteria, author names must adhere to the following:
- Pen names - Authors may use valid pen names, or nom de plume, to make their name more distinctive, to brand themselves in their niche, or to distance themselves from another author with a similar name.
- Professional Doctorate (academic or professional degree) - (Dr, MD, DDS, PhD, etc.) - Any author may be asked to provide proof that he or she does indeed have a doctorate degree.
- Esq. (Attorney at Law)
- Sr., Jr., and Roman numbers in a name, (e.g. II, III)
- Two last names (e.g. John David Smith Anderson)
Names and/or pen names directly related to the article content topic. Author names that are made up to promote and accentuate the content you are writing about are not allowed.
- E.g.: An author with the pen name of "Rich Broker" who is writing about investing in stocks would not be allowed.
- E.g.: An author with the pen name of "Dr. Love" is writing about bringing romance back into relationships would also not be allowed.
Reversed author names - Account author names that are reversed in the Resource Box are not allowed (E.g. The account author name is Molly Jean and the Resource Box states Jean Molly as the author of the article).
- Numbers or symbols, (E.g. Mary4 Smith, or I<3Ben).
- Company names.
- Email addresses.
- Adjectives or nouns as descriptors, (e.g. Cool Dad, Wealthy Lauren, or Super Bob).
- Non-Doctorate Degree and other certifications - Authors may include non doctorate degrees and/or other certification in the Resource Box, but it cannot be included in the official expert Author Name of the EzineArticles account.
- Religious titles, (e.g. Rev, Father, Mother, O. Praem).
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