Because of reasons, I'm curious to know whether there are any simple examples of papers where two or more authors have the same full name.

(To be clear: I am only interested in exact full-name matches. Instances where authors share a last name are so common as to be completely unremarkable, and instances where the first name matches but additional initials distinguish the authors are also reasonably common and not what I'm looking for.)

Does anybody have any particular pointers that can be useful?

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    A bit in jest, but see Another article that makes bibliometric analysis a bit harder in the 2015 SIGBOVIK proceedings. Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 12:24
  • I would imagine there's a parent-child pair out there with the same name that have collaborated. Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 14:31
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    I'm on a paper with two other Peter Green's, however we do have different middle names and we put our middle initials on the paper. Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 21:30
  • an obvious situation where this could happen is a wife and husband team where the wife has taken the name of the husband, and both spouses share a the same first name, for instance Mrs Michele Spaghetti (from a country where Michele is feminine) married to Mr. Michele Spaghetti (of Italian ancestry). Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 3:22
  • @PeterGreen Which one is you though Commented Mar 9, 2023 at 3:17

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Here's an example with co-first authors who share the same name:

From physics I can only think of papers where two authors share initials and last name, but don't have the full name written out. An example, though perhaps not so simple, is this one from the ATLAS collaboration. Its author list includes two instances each of "A. Gabrielli", "B. Li", "M. Liu", "B. Martin", "C. Meyer", "J. Meyer", "T. Mueller", "C. Schmitt", "S. Tanaka", "P. D. Thompson", "C. Wang", "H. Wang", "J. Wang", "H. Yang", "J. Yu", and "S. Zimmermann".

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    Looks like the journal website can't handle that example either. For all authors clicking on the name shows the affiliation, except for the second Fan Zhang.
    – GoodDeeds
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 9:57
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    "Fan Zhang and Fan Zhang contributed equally to this work." That's ironic
    – morxa
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 13:37
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    Isn't this why Knuth tries to credit authors in their native script? A lot of information is lost in pinyin.
    – qwr
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 23:30
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    Q: Is there a paper where two authors have the same name? A: Here is a paper with 16 pairs of authors having the same names.
    – Stef
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 8:17
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    Interestingly, it is possible that Fan Zhang and Fan Zhang don't, in fact, share the same name. That is, the tones (not represented in the paper author list) may not be the same (and tones are as important as vowels in Chinese). Furthermore, even if the tones were also the same, the characters may also be different. An interesting situation, nonetheless! Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 20:10

A recent example:

Otto , P., & Otto , P. (2022). Impact of Academic Authorship Characteristics on Article Citations. REVSTAT-Statistical Journal, 20(4), 427–447. https://doi.org/10.57805/revstat.v20i4.382

which includes the following footnote:

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first published article where both authors share their surname and given name, while working at the same university. Thus, the two authors are largely indistinguishable, which highlights the importance of individual author identifiers like ORCID.

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    ORCID always makes me laugh. "What's your orc id?" "Me Grimtooth!" Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 19:47

They do not share the full name, only the last name:

Michalis Faloutsos, Petros Faloutsos, Christos Faloutsos: On power-law relationships of the Internet topology ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Volume 29, Issue 4O,ct. 1999, pp 251–262

What is also amusing, is that the "Faloutsos" last name is extremely rare in Greece. According to this they are siblings.

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    This was pretty clear from the original phrasing of the question, but I've made it as explicit as I can in an edit. I am not interested in anything other than full-name matching.
    – E.P.
    Commented Mar 9, 2023 at 19:53

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