Access Innovations, a data management firm, has partnered with AIP Publishing LLC, a physical science publisher, to produce a list of about 980,000 discrete academic authors and 33,000 institutions involved in publishing physics papers worldwide. Dating back to the early 20th century, the complete dataset contains more than 800,000 articles.
Access Innovations used the peripheral metadata about each author in a disambiguation process taking into account dates, affiliations, and subject areas to determine which authors were duplicated with variations. The data was then subjected to human editorial review to refine the process. Each author or affiliation record includes a full list of the DOI's (digital object identifiers) for every article from that source in the AIP collection. The result is a database of publishing physicists complete with a record of affiliations, areas of expertise, papers published, and co-authors.
(dataharmony.com, taxodiary.com, http://journals.aip.org)