My first name (legally) consists of two names separated by a space, but I only go by the first in everyday use. I'm from Scandinavia and having a first name that is a compound of two names is not that uncommon. I also have a middle name that I rarely use.
Let's say my name is "John Andrew Smith Fitzgerald" in which "John Andrew" is my first name, "Smith" my middle name, and "Fitzgerald" my last name.
What would be the appropriate way to cite the author's name in an academic publication?
- John Andrew S. Fitzgerald
- John Fitzgerald (omitting second first name and middle name).
- John S. Fitzgerald (with second first name omitted)
Personally, I would prefer to use the last format.
Does it actually matter or is consistency key? I apologize if this has already been answered. Most replies that I found pertained to the use of middle and last name, not a compounded first name.