We should be just a number, and we should embrace it

Kendall, G. and Yee, Angelina and Hardy, Steven (2017) We should be just a number, and we should embrace it. Electronic Library, 35 (2). pp. 348-357. ISSN 0264-0473

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Abstract

Purpose - This viewpoint article supports the use of unique identifiers for the authors of scientific publications. This, we believe, aligns with the views of many others as it would solve the problem of author disambiguation. If every researcher had a unique identifier there would be significant opportunities to provide even more services. These extensions are proposed in this paper. Design/methodology/approach - We discuss the bibliographic services that are currently available. This leads to a discussion of how these services could be developed and extended. Findings - We suggest a number of ways that a unique identifier for scientific authors could support many other areas of importance to the scientific community. This will provide a much more robust system that provides a much richer, and more easily maintained, scientific environment. Originality/value - The scientific community lags behind most other communities with regard to the way it identfies individuals. Even if the current vision for a unique identifier for authors were to become more widespread, there would still be many areas where the community could improve its operations. This viewpoint paper suggests some of these, along with a financial model that could underpin the functionality

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Publishing, Author disambiguation, Unique identifiers
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, Malaysia > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Identification Number: 10.1108/EL-04-2016-0090
Depositing User: Kendall, Graham
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 11:14
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 06:21
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49529

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