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The values and challenges of the CRediT taxonomy

NISO Discourse Discussion for this session

The CRediT (Contributor Roles) taxonomy — already in use by a number of publishers and other organizations — is currently being formalized as an ANSI/NISO standard. It is valued by the community as a way of recognizing more of the many types of research contribution. But there are also still many challenges to be addressed, including the current focus on roles in the STEM publication process, which will be tackled in future phases. The speakers in this session will share their views on the current and future value of CRediT, how that can be maximized in future, and what challenges will need to be overcome for us to be successful.

NISO Plus 2021



February 22-25, 2021

NISO Plus 2021 was our first virtual conference, held in February of 2021. A global undertaking, NISO Plus 2021 had over 800 participants from 26 countries come together to have a conversation about the state of the information ecosystem. Here you'll find both the presentations and discussions from that event.

Alex Holcombe


University of Sydney

Alex Holcombe


Professor - University of Sydney

A professor of psychology at the University of Sydney, in his laboratory Alex investigates visual perception and cognition. Outside the lab, for fifteen years Alex has worked on open access, research transparency, and improving reproducibility in academic roles with organizations such as PLoS and the Association for Psychological Science.
Together with colleagues, Alex has developed tenzing to make it easier for authors to indicate who did what on their research projects. In particular, tenzing formats the information that authors need to include in their manuscript when submitting to journals that use the CRediT standard.

Increased reporting of who did what in journal articles will result in improved allocation of resources to appropriate teams of researchers, as well as better recognition of the diversity of people who contribute to research.

Liz Allen


Director of Strategic Initiatives - F1000, Taylor & Francis Group

Liz Allen is Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000 Research and leads on shaping new initiatives and partnerships to foster open research publishing. Prior to joining F1000Research in 2015, she spent over a decade leading the Evaluation Team at the Wellcome Trust.

Liz is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King's College London, with a particular interest in science policy and research-related indicators. Liz is a Crossref Board Director, co-founder of CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy), and serves on the Advisory Board for the Software Sustainability Institute.

Richard Wynne


Founder - Rescognito

The founder and leader of rescognito a free service for recognizing and promoting good research citizenship. Rescognito is built on ORCIDs and allows organizations to reward contributors with ‘Cogs’, the currency of recognition in the research world. ESIP is working with Rescognito to recognize contributions to the community. Check out to see your Rescognito ledger or take a look at Ted’sSheila’sDaniella’s, or Richard's.