Attribution Working Group

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This working group emerged from the FORCE2015 "Contribution and Attribution in the Context of the Scholar" Workshop and since then has focused on attribution implementation for any research products (including publications, datasets, data standards, research resources, etc.). We recognize that authorship and contributorship, while related, are also distinct.  Our efforts are primarily concerned with contributorship, since authorship is culturally sensitive and domain-dependent; contributorship roles are not intended to define what constitutes authorship. We intended to discuss and define methods to recognize all those who contribute to a project or publication, whether or not they are formally listed as authors or named in acknowledgements. Ongoing work can be found at the Architecting Attribution GitHub.

Please join us as we would like a diversity of community members from many communities to participate.  

This work is supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant Number U24TR002306, for the CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health (CD2H).


Karen E Gutzman
Melissa Haendel
Kristi Holmes
Mohammad Hosseini 
Stacy Konkiel

Timeline & Deliverables

The main goals are:

  • Collate and review existing efforts on scholarly contribution; complete landscape review to compare and contrast the key types of contributions across the different taxonomies/systems
  • Attempt to develop an approach to support computable credit and pilot test the consensus implementation.
  • Develop technical recommendations for publishers, IRs, research profiling systems to implement.
  • Develop social recommendations to support attribution workflows by individuals and organizations.
  • Review and summarize key types of scholarly products and the roles that people have in relation to them, resulting from the Force15 workshop, the VIVO15 workshop, and work taking place as part of the Architecting Attribution project via the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H).

Related Efforts

There are a number of prior efforts on identifying contributors and their roles that have varying degrees of scope, technical implementation, and documentation, such as: Project CredIT, PROV, the Becker Model, Transitive Credit, and the Scholarly Contributions and Roles Ontology.

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