Thomson Reuters Web of Science is still using OCR text recognition for new citations?

A co-author emailed me the other day to point out that somehow my name had been misspelled in the Web of Science citation database on our recent paper in Ecological Applications.

The Web of Science listing has my first name listed as “Luice”, which judging by the name of this here website, isn’t how you spell my first name. Thomson Reuters managed to replace the “k” in my name with an “ic”. That looks suspiciously like an optical character recognition (OCR) error , which you might have run into if you’ve ever scanned in an old document and tried to use OCR software to extract text.

Who is this 3rd author Luice Miller?

Who is this 3rd author Luice Miller?

But why on earth would Web of Science be using text recognition software on a brand new paper, one that exists in digital form and has an electronic citation available from the publisher? It remains a mystery. Incidentally, the citation on the Ecological Society of America website is correct, as is their downloadable citation, and other databases like Google Scholar also managed to pick it up correctly.

The original citation is spelled correctly.

The original citation is spelled correctly.

– Yours faithfully,

Luice Miller

 

Edit June 2014: This has since been corrected due to our helpful librarian notifying Thomson Reuters of their mistake.