Following their April 2020 announcement, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) Steering Committee have now achieved two more important milestones in their work to formalize and develop CRediT both as a NISO/ANSI standard and as a community.
In short time, NISO and the CRediT Steering Committee collaborated to establish a small initial working group, which expects to complete editorial changes to the taxonomy language and submit the draft for final approval in September. In addition, they have launched a new, information-rich website http://credit.niso.org, to replace the prior version, which has now been sunset. And, to help further engage the community, a CRediT Twitter account has also been created — @contributor_roles.
“With NISO’s strong support and adept project management, our team has been able to accelerate the pace of our work to share CRediT with the community – to make it as usable and useful as possible,” commented Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, one of the Taxonomy’s originators, and current Steering Committee member. “We look forward to full standardization, wider adoption, and continued interest, feedback, and support from both NISO and the broader community of integrators and adopters.”
“It is a pleasure to support CRediT,” commented Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO. “There is real, palpable momentum centered around the taxonomy, and we are thrilled to be helping secure its foundation and support its scale-up, as transparency into contributions has many benefits for the scholarly information ecosystem.”
Visit the new website to learn more about this collaboration. Please note that any links in current adopter and integrator instructions for authors, and other reference documentation, should be updated so that they point to the taxonomy’s new home.
CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) is a high-level taxonomy, including 14 roles, that can be used to represent the roles typically played by contributors to scientific scholarly output. The roles describe each contributor’s specific contribution to the scholarly output.
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