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Many authors have similar names. The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author.
This feature is especially useful for distinguishing between authors who share very common names like Smith or Wang or Lee.
Additionally, author names in Scopus can be formatted differently. For example, the same author could appear in one document as
Lewis, M; in another as
Lewis, M.J; and in another as
Lewis, Michael. Scopus Author Identifier matches the documents of this author and groups these name variants together so that authors, even if cited differently, are identified with their specific papers.
This helps you find and recognize an author, despite variations in name spelling.
To determine which author names should be grouped together under a single identifier number, the Scopus Author Identifier uses an algorithm that matches author names based on their affiliation, address, subject area, source title, dates of publication citations, and co-authors. When you search, this feature returns documents written by that author, even when an author is cited differently.
Author identities are a solution for uniquely identifying authors, who can publish under multiple names (including maiden names), have similar names and initials, and be cited in different ways with different citation styles. By connecting publications with these unique identities, authors can reduce ambiguity and ensure proper citation counts and other metrics, improving their research impact.