Posted by: bluesyemre | July 11, 2012

Please Use Whole Names on Scholarly Articles

You, John Jones!
  • Message to editors and publishers of scholarly journals: Please, please, please publish whole names. In the name of discovery, abandon the time-honored traditions of last name plus initials, partial names, etc. Why? The answer lies in Asia, especially China. Journals using just initials, or even partial names, have always been a problem for those of us in the discovery business. You give us papers by J. Jones, J. J. Jones, John Jones, and John J. Jones. Which of these are by John Joseph Jones, which by John James Jones, John Jeffrey Jones, or by John John (remember John John?) Jones? Which are by Jane Jones, Joan Jones, etc?

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