Open Access in action. Part 2: Who are you?

Open Access in action Part 2: Who are you?

Who are you?

Calculating the number of open access publications of a researcher or, for example, the frequency with which his or her work is cited, can only be done with reasonable accuracy if publications are correctly linked to their authors. 

Unfortunately, confusion about authors’ names and identities is frequent. Even a not too common name like “Van Lieshout” causes Scopus to create two “identities”, each with its own group of articles.

Neither the researchers nor the RePub team can prevent scholarly databases like Scopus or Web of Science (WoS) to make identification errors when ascribing publications to authors. Even though researchers spend time and effort on their “web presence” on sites such as Google ScholarResearchGate or ORCID, quite a few of them are not aware of the errors in the underlying databases.

Fortunately, the University library in general, and the RePub team in particular are able to provide services in this field of “identity management”. The library staff offers assistance to researchers who want to create an ORCID or a ResearcherID for Web of Science. Also, by collecting the identifiers used on external sites, the RePub site does act as a hub, referring users to a growing number of personal pages. And when errors are found in Scopus, the editorial tools on that site are used to correct them.

Obviously, no system is free of errors, and there is no doubt that new errors will occur. It is therefore important to realize that researchers who notice errors in RePub, can easily alert library staff and send a request for correction by email ( or telephone (010-4082871).