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

Kendall, Graham; Yee, Angelina; Hardy, Steven

Authors

Graham Kendall graham.kendall@nottingham.ac.uk

Angelina Yee

Steven Hardy



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

Citation

Kendall, G., Yee, A., & Hardy, S. (2017). We should be just a number, and we should embrace it. Electronic Library, 35(2), 348-357. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-04-2016-0090

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 13, 2016
Publication Date Apr 3, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 5, 2018
Journal The Electronic Library
Print ISSN 0264-0473
Electronic ISSN 0264-0473
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 2
Pages 348-357
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-04-2016-0090
Keywords Publishing, Author disambiguation, Unique identifiers
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49529
Publisher URL http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/EL-04-2016-0090
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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