I have a common US first AND last name, but a unique middle name. Think John Aardvark Smith. I am nearing my first publication and want to decide on my name for academic/scientific publications now so that it can remain consistent. I like to be called John and would like to be Dr. Smith when that time comes, however there are a million JA Smiths, including in my field. I'm considering being JS Aardvark for publications instead, a completely unique name.
My questions are: Would I HAVE to then be John Smith Aardvark for all intents and purposes? If you click my JS Aardvark link on Google Scholar, would it make any sense to link to a person called John Aardvark Smith? Would I have to accept that people will call me Dr. Aardvark? What should me email address and sign-off then be?
I may be missing other potential pitfalls as well. I'd be glad for any feedback on this, positive or negative, personal anecdotes, etc.