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Change author surname field to be optional

Please consider modifying the author surname field to be optional (not required), as a means of being inclusive of individuals who have no formal surname.

Only having a first name is not uncommon and you can read more about the challenges this presents to researchers without surnames here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4910272/.

It seems like authors could use ORCID to avoid any identity confusion. One option would be to require the entry of either a surname or an ORCID.

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  • Amber Dilabbio commented
    14 Jul, 2021 04:51pm

    Agree with Matt Broadhead - it wouldn't be good to have this change if it can't be upheld on publication in the Crossref metadata. Crossref advises contributors that have just one name to place it in the surname field. This would also work better if, as the NCBI article suggests, the fields were "first order name" and "second order name" etc. rather than "given names" and "surname".

  • Matt Broadhead commented
    16 Nov, 2020 06:24pm

    This also causes downstream problems at Crossref (they are aware and I think they plan to fix it).

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