As you may have seen, the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (aka CRediT) was recently formalized as an ANSI/NISO standard, making it easier for organizations to give — and individuals to get — recognition for their specific contributions to a research publication (full disclosure: I am Director of Community Engagement for NISO). Getting to this point took a lot of work on the part of many people, not least, the three Co-Chairs of the NISO Contributor Roles Taxonomy Working Group, Liz Allen, Simon Kerridge, and Alison McGonagle-O’Connell. And, while this was a major milestone, there is still much work to be done. So I’m very grateful to Liz, Simon, and Alison for taking the time to tell us a bit about the standardization process, next steps (including launching a new NISO Standing Committee, which will be announced shortly), and opportunities to get involved.
The CRediT is such a worthy initiative and the taxonomy will be incredibly helpful for researchers who are engaged in collaborations. This is a very interesting interview and we have included links to four related items. It is time that we recognise all of the volunteers and contributors who make research outputs possible.
Let’s start with some introductions! Please can you tell us a bit about yourselves, your roles, and how you got involved with CRediT?
Liz: the taxonomy was founded following a workshop co-hosted by Wellcome and Harvard University in 2012 to explore practical ways in which to provide more visibility and provide recognition to the myriad contributions that researchers make to published scholarly output. Following the workshop, a working group of key stakeholders and experts who had been grappling with the same issue, was convened — including journal editors, research funders, institutions and researchers — and CRediT was developed. More on the origins of CRediT can be found here.