May 17, 2022

Making Research Contributions More Transparent: Report Of a Force Workshop

From a F1000 Blog Post:

In her blog, Professor Anne Ridley reflected on the progress made with scientists working together in teams and the benefits it has to all. Following on from this, Cory CraigMohammad Hosseini and Alison McGonagle-O’Connell report on a recent FORCE workshop that explored the value that the Contributor Role Taxonomy (CRediT) can bring to research contributions and think about the challenges of describing those contributions and where next. 

At the FORCE 2018 Conference, we facilitated a workshop to explore the issue of how to best define and bring transparency to authorship and contributions to research, bringing together dozens of participants from across research and scholarly communications.

The workshop included a discussion of OpenVIVO and the Contributor Role Taxonomy (known as CRediT). CRediT is a community-led standard currently being used across an increasing number of journals to provide a simple way to ensure transparency around author contributions to published research output. Adoption and interest in CRediT continues apace, and there is general agreement across the scholarly ecosystem that having greater information about researcher contributions has a great many benefits.

The blog posts includes sections on:

  • Potential barriers to implementation
  • Evolving the CRediT taxonomy
  • Ethical aspects

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