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If somebody sometimes publishes with their middle initial and sometimes without, can I add it to the papers without to make my bibliography neater, and to make it clear that there is just one person?

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What about cases where someone is sometimes published with a shortened version of their name? E.g., 'Tom' for 'Thomas'.

I try to be very careful about that myself, and always have my full name on programmes and publications even though lots of people call me by the short version.

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@twsh yes, I would err on the side of more information (= include the initial)

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@twsh (only exception: when it's clear that the scholar is operating with multiple identities and is trying to keep them separate, but this doesn't sound like that)

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@jboy Right, that's not what's going on here.

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@twsh Not an answer, but some of my lead authors or PIs have a really hard time remembering that I publish with my initial, so probably some have snuck by my guard.

Exceptionally annoying when the same person does it repeatedly. And I have a common name, so losing the initial makes it hard to find my work.

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@twsh On reflection, I think you should probably cite it as printed so it doesn't mess up the citation counts for the article. (Disclaimer: I don't know if it would.)

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@malone My first thought was also that I should have exactly what appears on the paper in my Zotero and take what that gives me. Then I realised that would make my references section awkward. I hadn't thought about citation counts.

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@malone Hopefully ORCID will take care of that problem.

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