I guess this is not very common as I have not encountered it yet, but would it be to my disadvantage if I published as "Initial of the First Name - Middle Name - Surname". For context, I'm a graduate student and I'll be starting my PhD next month. So far I've always published using my name in full. However my first name sounds very obviously foreign to speakers of English and most European languages, while the same cannot be said for the second.
So I've been wondering the following:
- Would publishing with my full name in local journals and only my middle name in other international publications create confusion in the future even with an ORCID account? Is it more advisable to be consistent?
- Is it bad for citation purposes to publish under a name that starts with an initial?