Scientific author names: Errors, corrections, and identity profiles

Armen Yuri Gasparyan, Marlen Yessirkepov, Alexey N. Gerasimov, Elena I. Kostyukova, George Kitas

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    Authorship problems are deep-rooted in the field of science communication. Some of these relate to lack of specific journal instructions. For decades, experts in journal editing and publishing have been exploring the authorship criteria and contributions deserving either co-authorship or acknowledgment. The issue of inconsistencies of listing and abbreviating author names has come to the fore lately. There are reports on the difficulties of figuring out Chinese surnames and given names of South Indians in scholarly articles. However, it seems that problems with correct listing and abbreviating author names are global. This article presents an example of swapping second (father’s) name with surname in a ‘predatory’ journal, where numerous instances of incorrectly identifying and crediting authors passed unnoticed for the journal editors, and no correction has been published. Possible solutions are discussed in relation to identifying author profiles and adjusting editorial policies to the emerging problems. Correcting mistakes with author names post-publication and integrating with the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) platform are among them.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-173
    Number of pages5
    JournalBiochemia Medica
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2016


    • Author names
    • Authorship
    • Editorial policies
    • Identity
    • Science communication


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