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Registration Help and Information

The ANES staff uses information from your registration form to verify that you are who you say you are. This is done so that other people cannot sign up for the Online Commons and pretend to be you. The information you provide is protected as described in our privacy policy.

You can register at any time. Researchers planning to submit proposals are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible and before any submission deadline. Typically, you will gain membership privileges within two business days of your application. The application process allows us to store identifying information in a place separate from the Online Commons itself.

If you have questions about the registration form or process that are not answered below, please contact us by email to anes@electionstudies.org or by telephone at 734-764-5494 (United States).


bullet   Email Address
If you have a single email address, please list it as your "Preferred Email Address" and leave the "Secondary Email Address" field blank.

If you have multiple email addresses, please list as your "Preferred Email Address" the email address you wish to be contacted at about Online Commons matters. If your have a different email address that is easier to verify through publicly available resources such as the Internet, please provide it as your "Secondary Email Address". Your organizational email address, if you have one, is usually the easiest for us to verify. Generic email domains (for example, "yahoo.com" and "aol.com") are usually more difficult for us to verify.


bullet   Website
When you provide a website address, it is most useful to us if you provide a direct link to somewhere on your organization's website that we can use to verify your registration information. It would be particularly helpful if the website could be used to verify the email address and phone number that you have provided. The website can be either a directory entry, your personal website, or a departmental website that lists your contact information.


bullet   Username
During the registration process, members are asked to select a username. They may choose their own name or an alias. The purpose of making an alias available is to allow faculty or students who want to make constructive contributions to do so without the social pressures that can come from being new to the scientific community or stating an unpopular view. Members who choose an alias will be anonymous to Online Commons viewers, but their identities will be known to the ANES staff.

The username you suggest, if it is not already taken, will be the username that identifies your proposals and comments on the Online Commons. Our policy is to not allow persons to change usernames, so please select your username carefully.

If you wish your proposals or comments to be posted using your own name, please suggest a username that identifies you. If you wish your proposals or comments to be anonymous, please suggest a username that does not personally identify you. If you wish some proposals or comments to be posted under your own name, and others to be anonymous, you have the opportunity to register for two usernames - for how to do so, please see the information below.


bullet   Have you registered for the Online Commons previously?
Individuals who wish to post sometimes using their own name and sometimes using an alias may register for two usernames – one of which is their actual name, and the second of which is an alias. No individual may ever have more than two usernames. When registering for a second username, the applicant must use the same email address and indicate on the registration form that they have registered for the Online Commons previously. Persons with two usernames must not use one username to respond to their other username, must not use both usernames in any single discussion, and must not use their two usernames in a way that misleads others as to the level of support (or not) for a particular issue. Use of multiple usernames will be strictly monitored, and violation of any of these rules may result in a permanent ban from the Online Commons.

The rationale for allowing anonymous posting is primarily to encourage the participation of researchers who may wish to offer innovative ideas that are beneficial to the project, but may be unpopular. Imagine, for example, a proposal that challenges one submitted by an established scholar. We want that challenger’s argument to be made and viewed by others and respected on its merits. Anonymous posting offers a "safe haven" for those who wish to contribute to the public good without being named publicly. Anonymous posting also entails risks - risks that would be particularly large if registrants can make statements without any accountability. To minimize those risks, all registrants are asked to read and sign (electronically) a code of conduct before posting on the Online Commons.