Q. How do I find an author's credentials?

how do I go about finding an authors credentials? hey, when trying to find an authors credentials and things to introduce them in a paper, how would I go about doing that ?


Answer

Often you will find the author's credentials listed on the article they wrote, or at the very least the institution they are affiliated with, which can be used to track down more information. Ideally, the author’s credentials will be listed outright, but if they do not there are options to find them.

For example:

 

 

This article tells me that the fifth author (Raj, Karthik) was affiliated with PennGen at the University of Pennsylvania. Find that department’s website and search for the author. The website for Penn Vet, which includes the PennGen department, lists the author as Medical Genetics Research Specialist, confirming those credentials. However, sometimes the person will have left the institution they were at when they wrote the article. If that is the case you have two options. One, look them up using a search engine like Google and see if they have a LinkedIn or ResearchGate profile and find where it lists the person’s affiliated institution for the time when the article was written to confirm if you are viewing the right person and find their credentials listed. Or, two, you can contact the organization to see if they can confirm this person was a student/employee/researcher there at that time and what their role was. 

If you need help tracking down the credentials for an author(s) please contact a librarian for more assistance.  We'd be happy to help!

  • Last Updated Nov 28, 2018
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  • Answered By Shannon Johnson

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