Publisher Adopters Updates

Adoption Milestone: Frontiers Adopts CRediT

Frontiers chief executive editor Dr. Frederick Fenter says, “We are committed to continuous improvement and fostering a culture of openness within the scholarly community. By integrating CRediT, we aim to further enhance the quality and reliability of published research, while also recognizing and celebrating the collective efforts of researchers worldwide.”

The full press release can be found here:

Publisher Adopters Updates

Adoption Milestone: Scholastica adds CRediT

Scholastica say “We’re excited to announce the ability to add CRediT Taxonomy fields to Scholastica’s peer review system submission form and machine-readable metadata exports, as well as the option to include CRediT details in the body and metadata of articles typeset or published via Scholastica.

See the full press release here: Announcing CRediT Taxonomy support for all Scholastica products (

Publisher Adopters Updates

Adoption Milestone: ACS adds CRediT

The American Chemical Society recently announced the adoption of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy across 18 journals.

Within the pilot adoption running from June – September, these 18 journals will request but not require CRediT roles at submission from all contributors named on a manuscript. They will also optionally disclose ‘degrees of contribution’ for each role ‘claimed’ per contributor. Degrees demystify the ‘lead, equal, or supporting’ amounts of CRediT to be associated with contributions.

Within the framework of the pilot, CRediT information can also be updated post-acceptance within participating journals through ACS’s authorship/CRediT change process, prior to web publication.

Following the pilot, stakeholder feedback will be used to determine next steps toward potential wider roll out across the broader ACS portfolio.


Spreading the word: Upcoming Talks

Team CRediT will share updates at upcoming in person and virtual meetings. We are also working to generate more awareness of opportunities to adopt and participate. While you don’t need to wait for a conference to chat to us, please do let us know if you want to talk about contributor recognition with us at one of these upcoming meetings where we are scheduled to present:

  • SSP Annual Meeting – June 2 | 3:30 p.m. Central Time (Chicago)
    Community Standards and Recommendations Supporting Open Scholarship: A Host of Benefits for All
  • Japan Open Science Summit – July 6 | 10 a.m. (Virtual)
    Information Standards and the Global Research Infrastructure 

We’re excited about the next steps for CRediT, as we have a mandate to engage with the community. If you want to discuss these opportunities or get on our list, please contact us.

Press Releases

Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) Formalized as ANSI/NISO Standard

Baltimore, MD – February 08, 2022 – 

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announces its publication of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) as an ANSI/NISO standard, Z39.104-2022. The taxonomy, which was originally developed in 2014, describes 14 roles that represent the typical range of contributors to scientific scholarly outputs, and that can be used to enable recognition and facilitate transparency to the myriad contributions to research in our increasingly networked scholarly ecosystem. CRediT is already in use by more than 50 organizations, a majority of which are scholarly publishers, collectively representing thousands of journals.

The process of formal standardization with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) included the convening of a NISO Working Group for CRediT that ensured clarity in the existing taxonomy language and the implementation instructions for academics and publishers. The updated taxonomy was approved by NISO Voting Members in 2021, and ANSI has now approved it for publication as a standard. Simultaneous with the standardization process, the CRediT website at was launched, to provide a stable home for the identifiers and a central resource for interested parties.

NISO now plans to establish a Standing Committee to support CRediT. This Committee will continue current education and outreach efforts and work with the community to determine how to keep the taxonomy up-to-date and relevant; for example, ensuring continued roll out and adoption among publishers, and exploring how to expand its value to all research disciplinary areas. A Community of Interest Group will also be established, to enable participation of a broad and diverse range of community perspectives and interests, and to inform any future developments of the taxonomy. 

“We are pleased and grateful to have had such support from the NISO community in making CRediT an ANSI/NISO standard,” commented Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000 and co-chair of the CRediT Working Group. “Voting members provided many thoughtful and valuable comments along with their votes approving the draft standard. These practical suggestions represent early feedback for the new Standing Committee to consider, and will help us steward future work to maximize CRediT’s adoption by all members of the scholarly community.”

“Many thanks and kudos to the members of the CRediT Working Group for their work to formalize the Contributor Roles Taxonomy as ANSI/NISO Z39.104-2022,” commented Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO. “Improved momentum for adoption of the CRediT taxonomy will, in turn, enable more widespread, appropriate, and transparent acknowledgement of contributions. NISO looks forward to supporting the Standing Committee, once it is formed, to ensure the further development of CRediT to effectively support priorities in our community.”

The Contributor Roles Taxonomy is freely available at:

About NISO

Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO’s mission is to build knowledge, foster discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional communities. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages with libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website ( or contact us at

About CRediT

CRediT (the 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. For more information, visit the CRediT website (

Stay in touch with what’s happening with NISO and in the broader information community.

Thought Leadership Videos

Celebrating Peer Review Week: A discussion

Peer Review Week (PRW) 2021 is upon us, and to celebrate, we are discussing Contributor Identity & Peer Review with leading Metascience researchers. This year’s PRW theme is Identity in Peer Review.

Discussants include Cassidy Sugimoto, Alex Holcombe, Mohammad Hosseini, and Vincent Larevière.

We asked this group: Should identity be important in peer review?

Their responses yielded a very interesting discussion that pushed toward reimagining scholarship and peer review.

We hope you enjoy the discussion, and that you share your ideas in the PRW #IdentityInPeerReview discussion by tweeting @PeerRevWeek and @contrib_roles .

Thought Leadership Videos

Identity in Peer Review: An Interview with Simon Kerridge

As part of our CRediT Peer Review Week contributions, NISO Associate Executive Director Nettie Lagace interviewed CRediT Co-Chair Simon Kerridge on Identity in Peer Review. Please watch and enjoy their discussion, and stay tuned as we will release a discussion of this topic by key metascience scholars later this week.

Thought Leadership Videos

Identity in Peer Review?

It is Peer Review Week, and this year’s theme is Identity in Peer Review. We are excited to participate by sharing some videos across the week. Stay tuned to hear contribution community thoughtleaders sharing their insights on this interesting subject.

Here is a peek at what’s ahead later this week. Keep checking back, and also check in with the PRW website and YouTube channel to keep up with all of the ideas and perspectives around Identity in Peer Review.

Press Releases Publisher Adopters

CRediT Springs Forward

A round up of contributor roles related news from across the ecosystem

This Spring, CRediT hits its stride, with several milestone events announced.

First, we are delighted to announce that CRediT is honored to be recognized with the Council for Science Editors’ Meritorious Achievement Award. The presentation took  place at this year’s Annual Meeting, and past awardees include some important initiatives and distinguished company.

CRediT + ORCID: Together, at last!

CRediT is now officially supported in the ORCID API 3.0, with the ‘launch’ of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy alongside existing contributor roles.  

With the addition of these 14 contributor roles, research contributors—who may play multiple roles in a single published work—can now have all facets of their work recognized. ORCID members can now add this data, enabling the information to be filtered to other systems that read ORCID data via the API or the public data file, thus creating greater transparency and recognition. 

CRediT roles will be visible in the UI in the same way existing roles are, based on the user’s visibility preferences. As part of our ongoing work, we are continuing to look at ways we can allow users to include co-author and contributor data when adding research outputs to their ORCID record manually.

The ORCID API 3.0 now supports our existing list of contributor roles and CRediT roles, meaning that members can start using CRediT without having to upgrade to a newer API version. However, you will need to update your existing integration to begin leveraging CRediT. 

Publishers can use Rescognito to manage CRediT outside of traditional publishing workflow

Rescognito allows researchers to claim CRediT using the DOI for their manuscript (just add the DOI to the end of the Rescognito URL. e.g.,… ). Following ORCID’s announcement of the addition of CRediT to records, Rescognito will implement functionality to push these CRediT recognitions to ORCID with the user’s permission. This is an option in addition to existing integrations with several Manuscript Submission and Peer Review systems, allowing for the management of CRediT upstream in publishing workflow. Stay tuned for more details as they develop!

New adopters!

ASHA: American Speech-Language Hearing Association recently announced their adoption of CRediT in a community blog post, which also spotlighted other Literatum journals and publishers who are capturing and displaying contributor roles. 

If your journal or portfolio has adopted CRediT, and implemented role collection in workflow, we want to know. Please populate this spreadsheet or email, so that we can add you to the list of adopters on our website.

Press Releases

CRediT secures philanthropic funding

Funds support two-year engagement campaign

The CRediT Steering Committee are delighted to announce that the CRediT project has been awarded generous grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Wellcome.  The funds are committed over a two-year period and will be used to continue to support implementations of the taxonomy across scholarly publishers, and within the scholarly research ecosystem more broadly. 

These funds are invaluable as CRediT formalizes its affiliation with the National Information Standards Organisation (NISO[1]) and works to develop a coordinated programme of outreach and engagement. In the coming year, work will focus on building out the resource and materials to support adoption and implementation of CRediT, particularly through the new website hosted by NISO, and working with NISO to set up and direct a CRediT Interest Group (CIG) to support regular engagement, capture feedback, and consider future developments of the standard to keep it useful, current and to ensure that it supports the full spectrum of research disciplines.  

Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Policy and Support at the University of Kent, and CRediT co-Chair commented, “We are so pleased that funding agencies like the Sloan Foundation and Wellcome view projects like CRedIT as important pieces of the research infrastructure that need support. Interest in CRediT continues to increase, and to be awarded funds at this time makes a real difference to the speed with which we can help CRediT to grow and be used to best effect.”

Josh Greenberg, Director of Digital Technology Program at the Sloan Foundation said,The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to help support the CRediT project’s movement into this phase of broader implementation and adoption. The Foundation’s Scholarly Communication program was founded on the premise that a broader array of signals was necessary to improve the discovery and review of diverse scholarly materials, and more granular precision about the various roles in the research enterprise is essential both to create incentives and reward structures for different contributions as well as to improve assessments of where to direct attention and trust.”

Dr Georgina Humphreys of the Open Research Programme at Wellcome notes,“We are pleased to support CRediT as a system to enable recognition for all members of research teams and an infrastructure to enable a shift in research culture and open practices.”


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