I would like to get some advice on what may or may not be a problem, namely the lack of unique identifiers for scientific authors.
So there is a researcher with the same first and last name as myself, who works in a different field (physics vs computer science), but is in a similar stage of academic career (PhD candidate).
Are there potential problems? Is there a danger that publications are associated wrongly, with negative consequences for either one of the authors? Will this cause confusion in databases like arXiv?
What would you suggest?
- don't care?
- disambiguate by adding middle initials to future publications?
When I add initials for future publications, is there a change that I might somehow "lose" 3 earlier publications?