Name Ambiguity Problem

Definition: An attribution issue arising from two related problems: authors may use multiple names or monikers to publish work, and multiple authors in a single field may share full names. This makes accurate identification of authors on names and specialisms alone a difficult task. This can be addressed through the creation and use of unique digital identifiers that act akin to digital fingerprints such as ORCID.

Related terms: Authorship, DOI (digital object identifier), ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)

Reference: Wilson and Fenner (2012)

Drafted and Reviewed by: Shannon Francis, Tsvetomira Dumbalska, Mahmoud Elsherif, Helena Hartmann, Wanyin Li, Charlotte R. Pennington

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