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The abbreviated name fields in the PERSON table (FAMILY_NAME, FIRST_INITIAL, MIDDLE_INITIAL, and UNSPLIT_NAME) are parsed from the "AU" field. This article describes how the "AU" field is parsed. Note: Even when the "AF" field is supplied, the FAMILY_NAME is parsed out of the "AU" field.

The full name fields in the PERSON table (ADDITIONAL_NAME, FULL_NAME, and PERSONAL_NAME) are parsed from the "AF" field. This article describes how the "AF" field is parsed.

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In the various built-in extractions, when Authors are specified in the "AU" field, they are considered to be inner authors. When they are specified as part of reference strings and are not merged, they are considered to be outer authors.

See DOCUMENT, PERSON, REFERENCE, How Abbreviated Names are Parsed, and How Full Names are Parsed for additional details.