May 28, 2022

Journal Article: Documenting Contributions to Scholarly Articles Using CRediT and tenzing

The following article was recently published by PLOS One.


Documenting Contributions to Scholarly Articles Using CRediT and tenzing


Alex O. Holcombe
University of Sydney, Australia

Marton Kovacs
Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Frederik Aust
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Balazs Aczel
Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary


PLoS ONE 15(12): e0244611
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244611


Scholars traditionally receive career credit for a paper based on where in the author list they appear, but position in an author list often carries little information about what the contribution of each researcher was. “Contributorship” refers to a movement to formally document the nature of each researcher’s contribution to a project. We discuss the emerging CRediT standard for documenting contributions and describe a web-based app and R package called tenzing that is designed to facilitate its use. tenzing can make it easier for researchers on a project to plan and record their planned contributions and to document those contributions in a journal article.

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